Fall 2015 is coming soon and what better way to kick it off than with a list of simple ways to prepare and save some mullah?
Below, we’ve listed 5 simple and inexpensive ways to prepare for the cooler weather ahead. So let the DIY money-saving tips begin!
1.) Seal the Deal
In less than an hour, you can improve your home’s heating efficiency, while at the same time, save money on your heating bill. Windows and doors are your areas of focus. Buy a tube of caulk and re-seal any areas that need it, both inside and outside. Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping account for a 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Add weather-stripping, which is an easy way to help retain heat in your home. These black strips of rubber surrounding the opening of your front and back doors take use and abuse. Inspect and replace as needed.
2.) Mind the Gutters
Put on some gloves and get up on the roof or climb the ladder to check out your gutters. Look for obstructions, such as leaves, debris and dirt. Simply clean them out.
Clean the gutters now and you won’t be replacing them later.
3.) Heat it Up
Check your furnace’s air filter. Inspect this every few months, but it’s especially important to do it before turning the heat on. A dirty filter can hinder air flow, which not only costs you extra on your heating bill, but can pose a potential fire hazard.
Clean it (if it’s the re-usable type) or buy a new one. Spending a bit of cash now can save you a lot of mullah down the road.
4.) Blanket the Attic
Check out your attic. Place another layer of insulation in your attic and reap the benefit of better heat retention. Wear gloves, a dust mask and safety goggles.
After addressing the attic. Inspect your basement or crawl space, and you’ll see hot water pipes. Grab some pipe insulation at your local hardware store. The material is very cheap, but it can save you a lot of money and headaches later.
Wrap every hot water pipe, especially those near the outer areas of your basement or crawlspace walls. This will keep them warm during frigid temperatures, and will dramatically reduce the risk of them bursting.
5.) Program the Thermostat
There’s no need to keep the inside of your home hot all day every day. If you leave for work without adjusting your thermostat, you’re basically paying money to heat a home you’re not even using.
Use a programmable thermostat and set the temperature for a cooler setting when you’re not home and a warmer setting when you are home. Bonus: wear socks and use blankets in the fall and winter, and you won’t need to raise the thermostat’s temperature so high. This will save work for your furnace, which saves money on the heating bill.