There are two seasons in every year in which our energy bills go sky high and that would be winter and summer simply because of the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool a home. If you have lived anywhere in the north this past winter with its record-breaking cold snaps and snow storms, you have probably noticed your energy bills ran much higher than in the past several years. Why not learn from what you experienced this year to keep your power bills lower next year and while you’re at it, do a little something for the ecology at the same time.
Weatherproof All Windows and Doors
This is something you are probably well aware of but for one reason or another you just haven’t gotten around to checking all the weather stripping around your doors and windows. When those strips are new and supple, they do the job quite nicely. But after years of use, those strips tend to dry out and get brittle. Before the cold sets in next fall or winter take the time to inspect every single door and window. You would be surprised just how much money you will save on your heating bill if you replace any strips that have gone brittle and cracked.
Turn Your Fireplace into a Stove!
There was a time before central heating when a home had its only source of heat in a fireplace or a wood burning stove. Did you know that you can buy an insert for your fireplace that not only increases the efficiency of the heat produced there but that can also double as a stove? Those in the Northeast, in New York and Connecticut for example, could have firewood delivered by Premier Firewood, stacked neatly and unobtrusively and then use the flat top of the insert as a cooking surface. Many old Italians used to put a huge stock pot on that insert and cook their spaghetti sauce for days on end.
Replace Old Windows with Energy Efficient Windows
Many older homes still have those antiquated single pane glass windows that were installed when the house was built decades ago. Today you can get energy efficient double paned windows that can help you reduce your heating bill by a sizeable percentage in the winter and save tons on your electricity bill in the hot summer months by keeping heat out and air conditioned cooler air in. It is amazing just how much you can save by replacing those old windows, even counting the cost of installing new ones. The savings will counteract the expense of the installation quite quickly.
These are just a few ideas on how to save energy next winter, and of course a great deal of money as well. Not only will you be cutting back on your expenses but you will also be doing something nice for mother earth. No matter what type of heat you use, the fuel being burned is probably sourced with fossil fuels and there is only so much to go around. Next year, save money and save the planet by cutting the amount of energy wasted heating your home.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written and pictures provided by Carol Trehearn.
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