5 Simple Energy-Saving Tips for Winter Weather

When the weather outside is cold and icy, your home should be warm and inviting. That is, until you see your energy bills! Here are some simple ways to help keep you warm without losing your shirt.

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Stay comfortable and don’t let the cold temperatures ruin your energy costs

1) Install a programmable thermostat, and set it to automatically turn the temperature down when you are not at home or when you are asleep. Along with a warm blanket, you won’t even know you’re saving money while sleeping. The thermostat can be programmed to increase the temperature before you awake up.

2) Insulate the water pipes that connect to a hot water tank with polyethylene foam wrap. Make sure the interior diameter of the foam sleeve matches the exterior diameter of the pipe. Insulate both hot and cold lines, including the elbows and union. For a gas-fired hot water heater, pay close attention to the draft port by keeping it clear.

3) Seal and secure your duct system at the connection points and at the floor boot, to avoid heated air from escaping through the misaligned connections or the irregularly placed duct boots. Mastic is a fibrous, thick compound that is “painted” or troughed around the circumference of a duct junction, to seal off any irregularities in the fittings.

4) Instead of using small electric space heaters, put on another pair of socks or a warm sweater. People that turn down their thermostats to save energy defeat the purpose when they turn on a space heater to stay warm.

5) When the fireplace is not in use, keep the damper closed tightly. Installing a chimney balloon provides an extra layer of insulation and air sealing. Chimney balloons typically cost $40-$60 and can be deflated when the fireplace is in use.

Every house is different, so to make sure your living space is as energy-efficient as possible, the best thing to do is to have a personalized home energy inspection. Ask the building energy experts at Tiburon Energy to schedule an inspection by calling 513-681-9300.

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