Low-cost ways to winterize your home

Heating costs can mess with your winter budget if you aren’t prepared. Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to address common issues that cause discomfort and drive up costs when the weather gets frightful.

1. Get a free energy-saving pack

Have you ordered your free energy-saving pack yet? It’s an easy way to experience some quick energy benefits, like free LED bulbs that save energy while brightening your home on dark winter days. You have six options to choose from, so we’re sure you’ll find one you like. Order today.

2. Replace furnace filters monthly

When your furnace filter gets dirty, it reduces efficiency, drives up heating bills and actually shortens the life of the equipment. Check and replace your filter monthly during the winter and every one to three months during the rest of the year, following manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Seal air leaks and improve insulation

According to ENERGY STAR®, air leakage and poor insulation can waste 20% or more of the energy used to heat or cool a home. Improving your insulation and filling gaps in drywall, electrical fixtures, pipes, fans, ductwork and other trouble areas will help prevent wasted energy and money. Schedule an appointment with a FOCUS ON ENERGY® Trade Ally contractor and receive cash incentives to put toward air sealing and insulation upgrades.

3. Lower the hot water temperature

Hot water heaters are typically set at 140° F. Simply reducing the temperature to 120° F will save you energy and money, while still giving you plenty of heat for bathing, doing the laundry and washing dishes.

4. Install a smart thermostat

It keeps you comfortable when you’re home, saves energy when you’re away, and can even learn your schedule and preferences to further improve heating and cooling efficiency. Plus, with a smart thermostat, you can control settings remotely at any time from your phone, computer and other connected devices. Focus on Energy even offers incentives for installing smart thermostats. You can learn more or purchase one directly from our marketplace today. 

5. Use your window coverings

This one’s really easy and surprisingly effective. Curtains, shades and drapes provide more insulation than you might expect. Draw your window coverings at night and when you’re away to conserve energy and keep heat in your home.

Low-E storm windows are another option that can save energy and money. They have a durable coating that minimizes the amount of infrared energy that passes through without compromising the light shining in. Learn more at focusonenergy.com/low-estorms.

6. Schedule a home energy assessment

For a comprehensive look at your home heading into the winter season, schedule an energy assessment with a Trade Ally contractor. You’ll get a full evaluation of your home’s systems and structure that pinpoints issues and outlines solutions and incentives.
 

A home with orange and brown siding and a white window is shown, with a large amount of icicles hanging off the roof of the home and light fixtures. The roof is covered with snow.

 

Posted December 2019

 

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