As we all feel the pinch of high gas prices we look for ways to save on that high gas bill come wintertime. Here I will give you some tips on how to make your winter months more comfortable both in your home and in your pocket.
First thing is as the winter months approach have a qualified technician inspect your furnace. I know this may seem like a waste of money to most people; however by having the furnace in top working order it will save you money and maybe even your life. A qualified technician will be able to make sure your furnace is working properly and not releasing carbon monoxide which we all know can cause dizziness, headaches, or death.
Second thing is insulation. Making sure your house is properly insulated will ensure you to cut down on those cold drafts, and prevent the heat from escaping your home.
Third tip would be to plant some trees for windbreak during those freezing winter months.
Fourth thing that would be a great help would be to install a programmable thermostat. That way you can have the thermostat programmed to a cooler temperature when nobody is home. I would suggest around 57 deg. F. but that depends on your families comfort.
Fifth caulking you need to make sure any holes whether it be it from the cable line, or the incoming gas pipe caulk them up prevent that cold air from seeping into your domain. Remember even if you think it’s just a little gap it’s still costing you money. You may want to consider weather stripping around those doors to help reduce the cold air from invading your space.
Sixth clean your air vents. A dirty air vent will prevent the heat from properly heating that room.
Seventh make sure you check your furnace filter often and change it as needed. Experts recommend changing the filter every month to ensure maximum efficiency.
Eighth storm windows will help ensure that the money you are spending on heat doesn’t go out the window. If you r house isn’t equipped with storm windows putting plastic over the windows will have about the same effect.
Ninth by turning your water heater down you can save on that gas bill. You can experiment on what temperature works best for your family.
And last but definitely not least insulate your water pipes. This will help out by ensuring you get that hot shower you so deserve after shoveling that driveway in sub zero weather.
This is just 10 ways to help winterize your home for more information you can check these sites http://www.gvsu.edu/sustainability/index.cfm?id=B017994F-DF79-7AFD-92E566BE40E994BDhttp://www.michigangreen.org/article27.html