Energy-saving tips for the winter months

When winter comes around, many homeowners go to bed with dreadful thoughts about rising energy bills. Inevitably your expenses will go up, but if you take a few simple steps to control those costs even those without much spare time or money can rest easily.

Maintain your furnace – A yearly check-up of your heating system is the best way to make sure it runs properly. If you’re unable to do this, replace the furnace filter so your unit doesn’t use more energy than it needs to.

Insulation – Many people think they are saving money by skipping out on insulation in the attic, basement or other places people don’t use often. This practice, however, is a huge energy drain on your house! Start by insulating these spaces properly, and then insulate any exposed pipes — especially those in non-heated areas.

Home energy assessment or audit – This is the most precise way to pinpoint just where you’re losing energy and how you can improve the overall efficiency of your home. A professional technician will thoroughly inspect your home's ducts and furnace, examine the insulation and even do blower tests to check for drafts from doors. Some energy companies offer these services free of charge to qualified customers, so check with yours today.

Seal it in – Not only should you make sure every window is tightly sealed with fresh caulk where needed, but you should also put weather stripping around doors, attics, and wherever else cold air might leak into your house.

Window wrap – Hands down, this is one of the easiest, most efficient things you can do. Essentially you’re adding another pane of glass to your window for mere pennies!

Use the sun – There’s no need to invest in solar panels. The sun can heat your home without them! All you have to do is open those curtains. On sunny days, the light from the sun can raise the overall temperature in your house by several degrees.

Keep things clean – Make sure rugs and blankets aren’t obstructing your air vents. Try to avoid letting things fall over the air vents and regularly vacuum the grates. This will allow the proper distribution of warm air throughout your house.

Not only will these tips save you money in the short term, but they will also prove crucial to maintaining your home for the long term. In the long run, this will help you protect and even increase the value of your property. If you want more tips on how to increase the value of your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® for expert advice.

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