Winter is here. With it comes higher electric and gas bills, as you try to heat your home and keep it heated. As the snow and rain pour down, it can be increasingly frustrating to see your bills rise, despite your best efforts. Here are some options for helping keep your family warm and toasty all winter long, with the least amount spent as possible.
Fix Issues Early
Fixing home repairs early so they don’t become larger later on can help significantly in winter winds. What seemed like a small draft in summer can be an energy sucking expense by mid-wintertime. Not clearing your gutters or repairing a shingle on the roof can cause major wind and rain damage in just a few months. It can bring ice dams on roofs, and mold when the summertime finally returns. Many home repairs are inexpensive to do yourself, or with a handyman, but if left to get worse, will require general contracting instead.
Reduce Energy Waste
There are some small changes you can make which will significantly reduce energy waste in your home. You can save money by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. Just lowering temperature during the times you are not at home can save money over time. Likewise, small changes like using your dishwasher, washer, and dryer after eight PM, rather than right after dinnertime, can save by utilizing non-standard hours. Having energy efficient appliances helps over the life of the appliance, as well.
Look Around For Small Changes
There are lots of little things which can suck away your extra energy and savings in the winter. Simple things like closing the chimney flue when you’re not using the fireplace can keep more of your heat inside the house than escaping outside. You need to keep your radiators and vents free from debris, and change heater filters regularly in order to keep your HVAC system healthy and working in the most efficient ways. You can shut the doors and vents in unused rooms as well, and seal leaks in windows with caulking.
The winter is here, but it doesn’t need to be a problem for your finances! Small changes can add up to big differences in bills over time. Just as importantly, they can keep you toasty all winter, so you can enjoy both the inside and outside of your home!
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