While National Energy Awareness Month is the perfect time to highlight the country’s efforts in creating a long-term sustainable future, it also serves as a reminder to everyone that a little change can go a long way. Following these simple tips can help make your home energy efficient and save you money this winter.
Insulating: According to the Department of Energy, inadequate insulation is the leading cause of energy waste in homes. This Insulation Fact Sheet can help you learn which type of insulation is best for new and existing homes and how insulation works. Additionally, Owens Corning details various do-it-yourself insulation projects.
Proper insulation keeps your home comfortable by maintaining an even temperature throughout, making it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. For a list of insulation contractors in Massachusetts, visit HomeAdvisor.
Weather-stripping & caulking: Sealing air leaks throughout your home is an easy way to conserve energy and cut down costs. TLC explains how weather-stripping doors and windows is both cost effective and energy efficient. For stationary objects such as ceiling fixtures and water pipes, caulking helps seal cracks and gaps.
While The Weather Channel cites that weather-stripping and caulking any gaps will “pay for itself within one year in energy savings”, it also notes that you should assess your home’s air quality before you begin the project.
Maintaining the furnace: Keeping your furnace clean will help it run more efficiently and lower energy usage. HowStuffWorks details when and how to replace your furnace’s filter. Additionally, HomeGuide123 provides you with a step-by-step guide to regular furnace maintenance.
Keeping your furnace clean and working properly doesn’t just save you money; it also can help prevent a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months. For a list of furnace repair companies near you, visit HomeAdvisor.