Showing posts with label door alignment. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Are Your Heating Bills Chilling You to the Bone?

Keep your home filled with warmth this winter, and
don't spend an arm and a leg on your electric bill!
It doesn't matter if you use electric, gas, or oil to heat your home they are all expensive, especially if you live in an older home. The good news is that insulating homes has improved over the years and it is now less costly to keep your home full of warmth

Did you know that double pane windows were first invented in 1935? They became more popular and affordable throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's. Some people still buy single pane windows to save money, but in the long run this costs more in heating bills because they don't provide the insulation that your home needs. Triple pane windows are more efficient because they provide more insulation. However, they are more expensive and very heavy. 

We built our home nine years ago and, fortunately, my husband, who is in construction knew the ins and outs of a well built home. That has kept us very warm with a lot less cost. You can also reduce your heating bill by taking some quick and easy steps, that don't cost much! Many HVAC companies post great tips for winterizing your home, in addition, here are a few steps my family takes:  
  • Check Insulation - Do a little home insulation inspection to make sure your current insulation isn't too old and that it's doing its job. If it looks brittle you may need to replace it.  Spending money on new insulation will save you a ton of money on monthly utility bills.
  • Check Your Doors - I have walked by many doors and felt a big draft on my toes because the weather stripping is bad or missing. Make sure all your doors have stripping as this helps keep the heat in. Also check your door alignment. Over time a house can settle and it causes doors to sag which causes small gaps.These small gaps allow cold air to seep in.
  • Invest in a Ceiling Fan - We have ceiling fans in all of our rooms for two reasons: To keep us cool in the summer and keep us warm in the winter. Most ceiling fans have two settings, one draws the hot air towards the ceiling to keep you cool in the summer, the other pushes the hot air down to keep you warmer in the winter. Installing a ceiling fan is a very practical and cost efficient staple in any home.
  • Average electric bill
    Don't turn your house into a
     money pit this winter.
    Checking your insulation
    and weather stripping
    can reduce your heating bill.
  • Want the Sun - Let as much sunshine light in as possible throughout the day. This will add more warmth in your home and cause your heater to run less. Keep your curtains open during the day and close them at night to keep the cold out too. Curtains will also help block unwanted drafts coming from the windows.
Most of us use electric to keep our houses warm which can get pretty pricey. Many utilities offer a monthly budget plan that averages your usage for a year, and allows you to pay the same amount each month. That makes it easier to budget, so there are no monthly surprises, such as an electric bill that has suddenly doubled! Being on a plan helps when the average electric bill is already around $200 per month, no one wants to see a $600 surprise bill during the winter months! This will also help you budget for the whole year.

The Familywize website now has a Community Resource page that links to the utility assistance programs in each state. From our main website, just click on Community Resources in the upper right corner and then choose State Resources from the pop up menu. You can then click on your state and scroll to Utilities and Weatherization. There are also links that can help you find low cost or free health resources, food and housing assistance. In additions to helping you save on your heating bill, Familywize can also help you save up to 75% on prescription drug costs by downloading the free discount drug card. Please pass it on!

Marci Psalmonds
Contributing Writer