Temperatures have taken a tumble since Hurricane Sandy rolled through the area, and winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to make those cheap fixes to bring down the heating and electric bill.
Getting your home ready for winter can be time consuming but in the end can save you some major money. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) says you can start with an inexpensive home energy audit. Click here for more information on the home energy audit.
Most houses have a cumulative air leak the size of a refrigerator door and less than 10% of that comes from windows or doors. Trouble spots to seal include holes in the attic or basement.
Also, check your HVAC system and the duct work. About 20% of that hot air blowing through is lost due to leaks and poor connections.
Guy Caroselli, LEAP Residential Energy Services manager said, "To have it serviced. Important thing to do the homeowner can do is change the filter out regularly."
Another easy idea: insulate your hot water tank and water pipes and just turn down that thermostat. You can save 2% on your heating bill for each degree you lower the thermostat.
"It helps them to save money on their utility bill," Caroselli states, "but it also provides greater comfort for people that are living in the house."
Click here for more winterizing your home guidelines from LEAP.
LEAP is holding a free workshop on winterizing your home on November 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Carpet Plus.
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