Estimated Monthly Savings: $50
Your electric bill is a substantial monthly expense. In the dead of winter or heat of the summer, that expense can multiply. Weatherproofing your home can help you save big on your electric bill, keep your home more comfortable, and reduce your carbon footprint as well.
Some weatherproofing projects are pricey, but they will save you money for years to come. Many areas also have weatherization assistance programs for low-income people, so it’s worthwhile to see if you qualify for assistance. Your utility company will be able to direct you to the right organization.
Here are a few projects that will help you save big and stay warm this winter.
- Double paned windows. This is not an inexpensive upgrade, but air leaks through windows are a major source of loss. They will more than pay for themselves in a few years. Installing storm windows is another alternative.
- Insulation. This can also get pricey, but heat loss through the attic in winter and cold air loss through the basement in summer is another major energy sucker.
- Doors. Gaps around doors are also a major source of loss, and this is a cheap fix. Draft stoppers placed at the bottom of the door will help keep the outside air outside. You can even make your own. Door sweeps attached to the bottom of the door also work well. Weather-stripping around the door is another way to help on the top and sides.
- Caulking and weather-stripping windows. Seal gaps and cracks around windows. Caulk and weather-stripping are inexpensive and will greatly reduce energy losses.
- Curtains. Heavy curtains or thick blinds are a great way to prevent loss through your windows. This is particularly helpful in older homes with single pane windows.
- Insulate your water heater. Especially if it is in your basement and you live somewhere with cold winters, this will do a lot to cut your gas or electric bill.
- Remember to clean or change your furnace filters as well. This helps your furnace work more efficiently.
A little money invested now will save a lot in the coming winters and summers.