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Knock Out Cold Weather: Tips for Beating the Cold Season

The winter is here and the chills are setting in. If your home is not energy efficient (and many homes aren’t) you will see your energy bills skyrocket in the next couple of months. But this doesn’t have to be the case. The following are some quick fixes that you can use to keep your energy bills down. Here’s how to beat the cold weather:

  1. Have window plastic installed over your windows. This is a cheap way to insulate your home. Windows are one of the biggest points through which heat is lost in the home. Window plastic will reduce drafts through windows. It will also reduce the amount of heat lost from the room. Window plastic is a quick and inexpensive way to save energy.
  2. Do you feel a cold draft in your home when you sit down to watch your favorite show on TV? You door is probably letting in air from underneath. You can prevent the entry of cold streams of air under your door by rolling up a towel and placing it against your door. You can also do this for any gap in windows. The towel will also prevent the warm air from inside escaping to the outside.
  3. Changing the direction that your fan rotates could also save you some money. If your fan can change the direction of blade rotation, you can set it to circulate the warmer air that has risen to the ceiling down to the floor level. This will keep the room warm. This is especially useful if you have a vaulted ceiling.
  4. Most hot water heaters are set higher than they need to be. Many installers will set hot water heaters to about 140. You can save yourself a lot of money by lowering the temperature on your water heater. Set your water heater to about 120 degrees. This will save you about 6 to 10% on your energy bill.
  5. When you leave home, ensure that you lower the thermostat. You save about 3% off your energy bills for every degree you lower on your thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to lower and rise depending on occupation of the home.
  6. Have professional contractors inspect your crawl space. If it has open vents then they should be encapsulated to prevent outside air from entering the home.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to beat the cold this winter.