Friday, October 30, 2015

Simple, Cost Effective Ways Of Keeping Your Home Warm

I’ve been saying for a while now that it’s getting colder by the day! And that means one thing - it’s starting to cost lots more to keep warm. So, I’ve been looking around for some ways of making some savings. I like to keep those energy bills as low as possible - and I don’t have too much money to throw around for major renovations. So, if you are like me, read on - here’s what I have found that will help you stay toasty, and save money, too.

First of all, we all know that heating costs money. It’s unavoidable, and without it, we would all freeze. So, given that we have to spend money on our heating, it’s important to get that heat working for us as hard as possible. The ideas in this post will help, but I want to start with something very basic: maintenance. Making sure your heating equipment is all in working as it should is the first thing to do. Call in the heat repair guy and arrange a regular service. They will see any problems before they become too severe, and your heating system should work as efficiently as possible.

Your next step is to insulate your home. It’s cheap to do - and it will trap so much heat into your home that you will make back what you spend within months. In fact, you may be eligible for a grant to have insulation put in that will help with some of the cost, or even cover it. Head over to the official government website to find out - and check in with your state’s environment agency, too.

Plug the gaps
Once you have insulated your home, make sure you are getting the full benefit by plugging up any holes. Cracks in the floorboards, gaps in the windows - they all add up and mean you lose a lot of heat. A mere filler will do for floor and door cracks although your windows might need more work. For the moment, though, you can just use draft excluders, which you can pick up from the Home Depot for a couple of dollars. They won’t stop the heat escaping, but they will help with cold drafts coming in.

Cover your water tank
If you have a water tank, make sure it has a jacket. Those things can heat up a treat, but all of that energy is wasted in the immediate environment. That means it uses even more energy to keep the heat levels up. A water tank jacket will slash the costs of heating your water tank significantly.

Close the doors
Most households are guilty of this. But, if you leave the door open every time you leave a room, you’re going to lose heat. It’s just one of those habits you should get into, and once you are there, you will do it without noticing. Make sure the whole family is doing it, too. Although be careful when you explain it to the kids. They tend to have a habit of slamming, rather than closing!

Well, I hope this has helped. Let me know if you have any other tips!