Battle winter with energy efficiency

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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If leaking doors and windows are taking a toll on your comfort level this winter, take heart. You’re not alone. You may be freezing, but you’re not alone.

This winter has been particularly harsh, with snow and arctic temperatures crisscrossing much of the country. It can force you to shore up leaks, do some home repairs and make hard decisions about replacing or repairing doors and windows.

Even if you’re living in a warm climate it pays to focus on energy efficiency; even a small leak can turn into hundreds of dollars in wasted energy. This goes for air conditioning as well as heating.

Energy efficiency 101

How do you know if your house is energy efficient? Sometimes it just takes a breezy day to open your eyes! Hold your hand next to the front door framing and see if you feel any air. Here’s more from the U.S. Department of Energy on boosting energy efficiency:

  • Walk through the house and make note of drafts and cold air pockets that can affect your energy efficiency.
  • Examine doors and windows, the main source of air leakage.
  • Check your attic for insulation. If the space is unfinished, it’s relatively easy to install your own insulation.

Building insulation to the rescue!

One major source of energy loss is through roofs and walls that are not insulated. Whether it’s fiberglass or blown insulation, it can make a huge difference in your comfort level and energy bills. Here’s a good overview from Owens Corning on how to insulate basements and crawl spaces. Don’t forget duct work and crawl spaces.

After all the home repairs are made, take some time to enjoy the weather. All that snow can be beautiful when seen from a warm seat near a roaring fire!

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  1. One Response to “Battle winter with energy efficiency”

  2. jamie
    Feb 9, 2011

    Most electrical companies will complete a home energy audit for you (for free). This is really the most accurate way to discover where you home is loosing heat and wasting energy.

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