Energy Efficency – Slim Down Your Heating Bills


It’s furnace season, yay(he says sarcastically).  And that means skyrocketing utility bills, but what is it didn’t have to.  We’ve come back around again to our annual heating efficiency tips newsletter.  Below are 9 tips to help your pocket book through the cold weather.

The Furnace – The most obvious yet overlooked step you can take to cut your winter heating costs is to have your furnace serviced in the fall to ensure that it’s working as efficiently as possible.

The Windows – When it comes to heat loss, windows are one of the biggest culprits, so it’s important to insulate them properly. Plastic kits are inexpensive at your local hardware store and are very easy to install.

The Fan – We all know that warm air rises, but this common fact can have a chilling effect on our heating bills. Although it seems like switching your ceiling fan on would cool things off, doing so can actually make your spaces toastier, so long as you set the blades to spin in a clockwise manner. (To reverse the rotation, check for a switch at the base of your fan.)

The Leaks – Hold a piece of toilet paper in front of your window and door frames. If the toilet paper moves, you’ve found a crack that needs to be sealed. Use weatherstripping to fill the gaps so that the heat stays tucked inside.

The Radiators – If you have radiators in your home, try fashioning reflective plates out of aluminum foil and placing one behind each unit. Instead of just heating up your wall it will reflect back into the room.

The Doors – If you have drafty doors, craft an inexpensive DIY fix from foam pipe insulation, or even pool noodles. Cut the foam to size, and wrap it around the bottom of your doors—yes, even the interior ones!—to prevent heat from escaping and utility costs from increasing.

The Water Heater – If you don’t have a jacket for your water heater, odds are you’re wasting the warmth. Consider insulating your unit to reduce heat loss and save a little cash—about $20 a month, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

The Sun – This is by far the easiest thing you can do to lower home heating bills: Raise the blinds when the sun is out! It’s especially important to keep window coverings open on south-facing windows.

If you need help with any of these please don’t hesitate to call us, we’re always happy to help. Remember Washa Construction is always a simple phone call 608-838-8318 or click away.

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