December 18, 2014 | No Comments YetTags: cost cuts, helpful tips, holidays, owning a home, philadelphia, real estate, the barach group, winter, winter weather
In many parts of the country, winter weather has arrived! Time to pull on a sweater, pull out the warm blankets and cozy up your home. Unfortunately, it’s also time for our heating bills to rise. But don’t worry – I’ve got a few tricks up my (long) sleeves. Check out these tips to see how low your heating costs might go this year.
1. Put a Damper on It
It makes sense to light a fire on a cold day. Many people find they can stand to keep their thermostats a little lower if they’re curled up in front of a warm hearth. When you’re not using your fireplace, however, you can lose up to 30% of your home’s heat through your chimney’s flue. Be sure to close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. You can also purchase affordable and easy to use flue stoppers to seal the area completely.
2. Big Fan
In the summer months, many people lower their electric bills by opting to use a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner. What some people don’t know is that you can use that same fan all year long. Since heat rises, you can simply reverse the fan’s direction and use on a low setting to push the warm air down. This also helps to circulate the warmer air throughout the space.
3. That’s a Wrap
If you’ve got drafty windows and you’re not able to repair or replace right now, there are still a few things you can do to warm them up a bit. There are several kits you can buy in order to cover your windows with a protective plastic film. Or you can use simple bubble wrap. Used to insulate greenhouses all the time, just cut the bubble wrap to match the size of your windowpane. Spray the bubble side lightly with water and press the piece – bubble size in – onto the glass. When you want your view back, simply peel it off. It can be reapplied time and time again.
So what will you do to winterize your home this season? Ever tried any of these tricks?
Read original article by Laurie Post for The House Counselor Blog here.
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