Identifying drafts in your home is crucial to lowering your home’s energy bill. You can try various methods to identify these drafts, such as using a flashlight and thin paper to test for the presence of air movement. You can even test the strength of the drafts by using the tools available on your local hardware store. The first step is to identify where the drafts are located, as they tend to be located around doorways and windows.
While windows provide ventilation, light and shelter, they also cost you money. Inadequately insulated windows contribute to approximately 30% of your home’s energy bills. Many old U.S. homes still have single-glazed windows that are not insulated. Homeowners may choose to add storm windows or replace them with new energy efficient windows to save money on their energy bills. However, replacing your windows with high-quality, energy-efficient windows is not only an environmentally friendly choice, it will also reduce your energy bill.
Turning The Thermostat Up
It’s tempting to turn the thermostat up and save money but lowering the temperature can actually lower your home’s energy bills. By lowering the thermostat by seven to ten degrees for eight hours each day, you can save 10 percent on heating expenses a year. According to EnergyHub, every degree you reduce the temperature by can save you three percent on heating bills. While you can’t turn down the temperature completely, you can still save money by wearing warmer clothes and minimizing air conditioning usage.