Conserve in Cozy Comfort
Nippy ears, frigid fingertips, and stubborn car doors you can’t seem to pry open. Sound a bit like your mid-January commute? Yes, trekking around in this cryogenic ‘wonderland’ is hardly anyone’s idea of fun, but at least you get to de-thaw in your cozy Harris-comforted home at the end of the day!
Of course, staying toasty warm doesn’t need to put a deep freeze on your wallet. There are many little measures you can take around the house to keep temperatures high and the costs low. Below are some of the simplest and most effective ways to lower your energy bills this winter:
- Correct air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets, and repair weather stripping and caulking.
- Keep ductwork in good repair. You could be losing up to 25% of your heater’s hot air before it even reaches the vents.
- Keep radiators free of dust for maximum efficiency. Remove air conditioning window units or cover them securely. Close your kitchen vent, gas fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.
- Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
- Turn your thermostat back when nobody’s home. Turning your thermostat back 10-15° for 8 hours can save about 5-15% a year on your heating bill.
- Prevent rugs and furniture from blocking the air circulation from your home’s baseboard outlets.
- Seal off your attic circulating fan with polyethylene and tape.
- Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of good thermal insulation.
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.
This winter is your opportunity to save! Contact Harris Comfort for more conservation tips that can help lower your year-round energy costs.