In an earlier post, we talked about different ways you can weatherproof your home. Not only is weatherproofing helpful in keeping you and your family warm, but it is also a great way to save money. According to the Department of Energy, every degree that you raise your thermostat by is roughly 1 percent added to your energy bill.
Here are four other ways to save money as it gets colder out:
Aluminum storm windows: Installing storm windows is only an effective cost-improvement measure if you presently have single-pane windows. The Department of Energy reports that almost half of all American homes have single-pane windows, but a low-e storm window can cut heat loss by up to 50 percent.
Interior caulking: Exterior caulking is often praised as the best way to keep heat in the house. But the interior caulking practices of sealing air leaks in the attics and using expanding foam on leaks in the basement are far more effective in making your home energy-efficient.
Quilted curtains: Another way to limit the energy loss of drafty windows is through quilted curtains. Coming in various patterns, colors and sizes, the 10-minute installation time makes for one of the simplest ways to keep your house feeling comfortable without having to burn more energy.
Space heating: Space heaters cut heating bills only if you turn down the temperature by at least five degrees throughout the entire house. The heaters work best in smaller rooms where the heat can be contained. Baseboard and fan-forced air units consume approximately the same amount of energy. Oil-filled electric heaters are also comparable with regard to energy consumption but they are known for being the quietest heaters as well.
If you live in the Virginia or Washington, D.C, area and have an interest in finding out what changes you can make to your home's energy consumption levels, an energy audit from leading home inspection company Alban Inspections can provide you with all of the information you need.