5. Invest in Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Energy saving light bulbs may seem like they don’t have anything to do with saving you money on your heating bill but they do. As winter deepens, we lose daylight hours and so begin to use more artificial lighting and this costs more money. The up-front cost of energy efficient light bulbs may seem kind of hefty but they will help cut down your electricity costs during the winter.
4. Repair Cracks in Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
Every home will eventually show signs of its age and cracks are just one sign of this. Some people believe cracks add to the character of a house but they also add to the expense as well. Even small cracks can often allow air to both escape the home and come into the home and this will add additional work to your heating system. If you are not in the position to afford professional repairs a good idea is to layer some insulation over the crack and cover it with plastic. If the insulation is to unsightly you can always cover it with a poster or piece of furniture if need be.
3. Check Weather Stripping and Thresholds
Weather stripping is the stuff that is lined around the edge of your windows and doors to block the flow of air from both inside and outside the home. Thresholds are generally found at the bottom of a door and window frame and serve the same purpose as weather stripping. At least twice a year you should go through and check every door and window to make sure that its stripping and thresholds are in good repair. If the stripping or threshold is not in good repair they are generally inexpensive and easy to replace and should be as soon a possible.
2. Increase Air Circulation
A lot of people think that the fan pumping air through the ducts creates enough air circulation but it actually doesn’t While these fans do help with air circulation the air they pump out tends to collect near where it entered the room and stay there without really moving. This effect means that there are parts of the house that are not getting as much heat or cool air and can cause the heater to keep working longer than it needs to. By investing in a couple of fans you dramatically increase the air circulation in your home and get a more stable temperature throughout the entire dwelling.
1. Put Plastic over Windows
More heat escapes through the surface of your windows than through any other means. Windows tend to be large and are made out of materials that transfer heat and cold very easily. For this reason one of the single most important things you can do to increase the efficiency of your home is ot put plastic covering over all of your windows. You can find kits to do this at most hardware stores, but if you are short on cash you can accomplish this simply by cutting trash bags to shape and using them in lieu of a kit.