We’ve been really fortunate to have mild temps so far this winter. That said, there are always ways to improve your home’s heating efficiency during these winter months.
If you’re looking for a few ways to tighten your heating budget with little work, here you go:
Remove the gap at your thresholds. When you look under your doors, if you see daylight, then you are losing heated (or cooled) air because the threshold isn’t in contact with the door. Use the screws in the threshold to raise the height and eliminate that gap. Turn the screws counterclockwise to lift the threshold until you eliminate the daylight. Be sure the door isn’t dragging on the threshold, however, because that will wear down the weatherstripping.
Check your attic. In addition to ensuring you have sufficient insulation in your attic, insulate the attic access door. Also be sure the door has a good seal to eliminate air loss through your home into your attic. If you aren’t able to get a secure fit on the access door, consider using a latch system to get a snug fit.
Get a programmable thermostat. You can save considerable money on your heating bill by having the temps lower in your homes (by ten to 15 degrees). This can reduce your bill by ten percent or more each month. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, now is a good time to buy one. (Many models are cheap–starting as low as $25; or the Nest which is closer to $250).
Warm up with a portable heater. You can save a little money if you lower your thermostat and instead use a small space heater to heat the area in which you’re spending your time. You still spend money on the electricity to use the space heater, but it’s overall less than the cost of keeping your thermostat over 70 degrees. It’s a good way to heat used spaces while keeping a mindful eye to other areas of your home which don’t need as much heating.
Replace weatherstripping that is worn. Eliminate drafts and cold air entering your home by replacing old or damaged weatherstripping around your doors. Seven to twelve percent of a home’s heat loss happens around doors and windows. Caulk or weatherstrip areas in need to keep your home warm.