I don’t know about you, but I’m already starting to get my apartment ready for winter because I want to see if I can reduce my winter energy bills. Last year, they were a little overwhelming, to say the least, and I’d rather spend my money on apartment décor or a new outfit.
If you own a home, you should also start thinking about tightening it up for winter if you haven’t already: The average family spends $1,400 a year on energy bills, according to Energy Star, and approximately half of that is spent on heating and cooling.
My plan of attack? I’m heading to the store this weekend to purchase an indoor window insulator kit and door sweeps to keep drafts out. Because I’m a renter, I’m slightly limited in the number of preventative measures I can take. But if you’re a homeowner, there are all sorts of steps you can take to tighten up your home and take the chill out of your winter energy bill.
Start by sealing your air ducts. It’s an important move, considering that approximately 20 percent of the air that moves through your duct system is lost because of leaks, and poor connections between ducts, according to Energy Star. On board? Download this handy guide from Energy Star.
Then you’ll want to make sure your insulation is up to par, too. And to do that, you’ll first want to get acquainted with your home’s R-value, which measures insulations resistance to heat flow. Different levels of insulation are recommended for different areas of your home, including the attic and basement, and recommended insulation levels vary based on were you live. See what levels of insulation are recommended for your region here. Should you find that you need to beef up your insulation, you can simply add it on top of your existing layers.
Finally, check out this post on fall cleaning, which includes a couple great ideas for tightening up your home such as installing weatherstripping around doors.
On a totally unrelated note, I hope you have a fabulous, treat-filled Halloween!
The Home Know-It-All