When temperatures drop, heating your home efficiently becomes critically important. There are many things that can lead to energy loss and increased energy costs in the fall and winter: drafty doors, poorly sealed windows, leaks around pipes, heating system inefficiencies, and many more. A poorly insulated home is an expensive home, especially in the winter.
Because homes and climates vary so widely, we’ve compiled a list of links to
get you to the energy-saving experts.
The United States Department of Energy offers fall and winter energy-saving tips. Most of these can be done on your own and many are free of cost.
Small air leaks can waste big amounts of money. Learn the problem areas in most houses and get step-by-step instructions on how to seal them up.
Weatherstripping is great for sealing air leaks around movable parts of your home like windows and doors. Learn how to determine how much weatherstripping you'll need and follow the instructions to complete this inexpensive project.
A professional energy audit will provide you with a thorough assessment of your home's energy usage.
You can also perform an energy audit on your own home. While you won't have the specialized equipment that a professional auditor does, you can identify problem areas and decide which parts of your home need upgraded.
While the Department of Energy doesn't directly offer weatherization assistance, states do on an individual basis. Find out who to contact in your state and see if you qualify for weatherization assistance.