As your summer adventures come to an end you may want to look into ways to center yourself and your family as you prepare your children to go back to school. One way to make this transition smooth and productive is to check on the state of your home in the late summer and to take stock of ways you can lower your energy bill by reducing waste. Follow this checklist for tips on how to tighten up your home and how to save your family money.
Seal Leaks Around Doors, Windows and Electrical Outlets
Taking care of leaks coming from your doors, windows and electrical outlets can help you save up to 20% on your energy bill. Checking for drafts only takes a short amount of time and fixing them is relatively inexpensive as most of the materials can be bought for under $20. A visual inspection of sealed windows, doorways and electrical outlets is a good start, but air could still be leaking even if you can’t see or feel it. One trick to check the tightness of your doors and windows is to light a candle and place the flame around the caulking to see if it flickers. You can replace the covers of your electrical outlets with a bigger model, install foam gaskets or seal around the outlet with caulking foam to make sure that no air is leaking.
Clean Your Chimney and get Ventilation Systems Checked
It’s important to look into the safety of your chimney at least once a year because dangerous chemicals such as creosote can build up and become hazardous. The chimney and ventilation systems around your house collect dust, not to mention they can get rusty and can even be filled with insects and animals. Getting your chimney checked out is relatively inexpensive and should be done in the fall in order to prepare your chimney for the season it will be used most. Organizing a simple check on the ventilation and chimney in your home will help you avoid costly problems in the future and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system to save you money on your energy bill.
Replace Your Furnace
An HVAC unit is something that often gets overlooked when people are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home. When you are preparing your home for the winter it is important to look into furnace repair services provided by professionals. Service providers can come to your house to give you information about upgrading to a more energy efficient unit that can help you save over 30% a year on your energy bill. When upgrading your unit, look for one with an ENERGY STAR® label that guarantees that it’s rated with over 90% efficiency.
Clean Your Gutters
Taking a little time to clean up your gutters can save you money in the future and prevent blockage that could come from rain, snow and ice. Gutters can get clogged with leaves in the fall so it’s important for you to clean them in order to avoid further problems that can lead to expensive replacement costs. Fall is a good time to prepare your gutters for the coming weather as you can clean away buildup while it’s still warm out.
Performing these simple tasks around the house will help you lower your energy bill by reducing waste and ensure your family enjoys a smooth transition into the cold season.