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Save Money While Heating Your Home (Part II)

As winter drags on and the temperatures continue to fluctuate, you may find that heating costs are beginning to add up. Nobody likes to wake up cold or dress for the outdoors while inside the home. Conserving heat doesn’t have to resort to that.

Here are 5 more tips to keep your heat up and your energy costs down:

6.    Insulation, insulation, insulation!
This is a big one and unfortunately, where a lot of homeowners lose big money. If your
hot air is leaking out of your home, or if the cold air outside is leaking into your home,
you are left with two things: a cold home and a high energy bill. Avoid these
complications by insulating windows and doors with weather stripping. Check the
sweep below your exterior doors to make sure cold air isn’t entering below the door.

7.    Service your heating system regularly
This may be the most important tip on the list. No matter how vigilant you are, if your heating system isn’t working properly, it most probably isn’t working efficiently either. Be sure to have it serviced by an air conditioning and heating professional annually.

8.    Attic insulation = your secret traitor?
Many times the attic insulation in a home is faulty and, unfortunately, the culprit driving heating costs through the roof (pun intended). If your heat is leaking out of your attic, it can lead to all sorts of trouble. Ensure that your attic is insulated properly! Consult a professional if you are unsure of how to do so.

9.    Let the light shine down
Open those windows and let the sun shine in. It will help to warm your home and brighten your spirits in the process!

10.  Upgrade if necessary
If you live in a home with older appliances, consider upgrading. If your heating sytem is more than 8 – 10 years old, look into buying a newer, more energy efficient system. You may just be surprised how much money you can save in the long run.

 

What heat saving energy ideas do you follow in your home?

Source: http://freshome.com/2010/11/07/10-ways-to-save-money-heating-your-home/