Winter Tips for Home Owners

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Winter home tips, Stephenville, ErathThough the winter season is coming to an end, there are still some tips that many Stephenville area homeowners can take advantage of in order to reduce their energy costs.

  • Save in your home’s energy costs by lowering your thermostat. You can save 2-3% in your home energy costs for every degree you lower your thermostat around the clock. Using a programmable thermostat is a convenient way to automatically turn your home’s heat down when you want it, or have it warm when you need it. Another tip is to lower the heat before going to bed as well as when your home is empty for the day.
  • Rather than replacing your current windows with energy-efficient windows, take the time to improve them. This will save you money in the long run. Make sure your windows are always fully shut and caulk any cracks and gaps found around the window frames. Install storm windows and put up interior window plastic. Make sure to also weather-strip your doors and door sweeps.
  • Replace your old furnace filter in order to maintain the efficiency of your furnace and decrease your energy costs. Typically, heat pumps and oil-fired systems require a tune up every two years so replacing a filter will be beneficial in the long run.
  • Keep your dust and vacuum radiators, furnace duct openings and baseboard heaters free of obstructions such as carpets, drapes and furniture. Also, make sure to dust early and often.
  • Most homes have a number of areas where air flows freely through the attic and living space, as well as between the outdoors and the basement. This results in colder rooms which results in a more expensive heating bill for your home. Hire a professional to install efficient insulation around your home, or even take the project on yourself.

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