The holiday season is typically a time to get together and enjoy the company of family and friends; however it is also an expensive time of the year. Between purchasing presents and booking travel plans, the wallets are a bit lighter than usual. There is no better time than now to look into other ways to save during the holidays. One way to save money during these colder months is by reducing your home’s energy consumption. Below, the home improvement specialists at Handyman Connection have put together a list of 4 energy efficient ways to reduce your heating bills this winter.
1. Energy audit:
Have a home energy audit completed by a certified professional who can assess how much energy your home consumes. Typically, the inspector will thoroughly check all of your systems and present you with a list of issues, that when corrected, can save you a substantial amount of money over time. Many times, small issues such as system duct leaks, clogged filters, or low refrigerant levels can cause heating costs to double. All you need is a home improvement specialist to determine the problem and present a viable solution- it’s as simple as that!
2. Extra insulation:
Updating the insulation of your home can be a very effective way to lower your heating bills, especially if you are living in an older house. When high-quality insulation is properly installed not only will your home retain heat easier but you will also be able to use your heating system intermittently. Although this may be a more costly home improvement, it will pay for itself in the long run. If your home doesn’t need entirely new insulation installed, just one wall of new insulation can take you from a cold drafty home to one that only makes use of the thermostat intermittently.
3. Window treatments:
Having energy efficient blinds, curtains, and/or drapes installed can help you save money on heating costs while updating the look of your home. Not only do energy efficient window treatments prevent cold air from entering your home, but during the hot summer months it can prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home and damaging furniture. All-in-all this home improvement project not only will save you money year round but it can be a fun project for those who enjoy interior decorating.
4. Programmable thermostat:
Another good idea is to install a new and programmable thermostat. The programmable device can be set according to your daily schedule. This is a great function for households whose occupants are working during the day- there is no use in blasting the heat if there is no one home to enjoy it! If your schedule isn’t as structured there are also devices available that can be controlled off-site by your iPad or smartphone!
By incorporating these money saving home improvement ideas this winter you will save hundreds even thousands of dollars over the next few years, and this means less money woes when it comes to the holidays. As oil prices continue to rise year-over-year, there is no time like the present to make sure you are using the most cost efficient ways to heat your home. Call the licensed handyman contractor at Handyman Connection today to see how you can start reducing your heating bills this holiday season and all year long!