Tips for cutting energy costs this winter
(ARA) – Household energy efficiency is an important topic when you take into consideration that 44 percent of your typical home energy bill goes toward heating and cooling. Air leaks are a constant drain of energy that can be equivalent to leaving a window wide open. The makers of WindJammer, a removable weather sealant, offer these suggestions for making household energy more efficient.
The energy lost through windows can account for as much as 10 to 25 percent of your energy bill. While installing double-pane windows is a viable option, a more cost-effective option is to apply a clear, waterproof weather sealant. Using the easy-to-use dispenser can, apply WindJammer along the inside seal of the window. After the season, it’s easily removed by peeling off in a continuous bead.
Total energy savings: $10 to $20 a year per window.
Doors are another source of energy loss due to cracks in the bottom and on the sides. Purchase flexible weather stripping for the door frames and keep doors closed as much as possible when the heater is on to prevent further energy loss. 3. Walls and roof
Properly insulating walls and attics is an efficient way to reduce energy waste and maximize your dollars. The easiest way to approach this is to add insulation to your attic. Many hardware stores have a wide selection of insulation and their staff can direct you to the best insulation for your project. If your attic has adequate insulation and your home still feels cold in the winter or warm in the summer, you may need to add insulation to the walls. Contact a reputable contractor in your area who can assist you with this project. This expensive measure can save up to 30 percent on your electric bill and may be worth the cost if you live in extreme climates.
4. Plumbing, ducting and electrical wiring
These areas of the home account for 30 percent of all air leaks. Simply seal air leaks with WindJammer where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets. The product dries clear to provide an air-tight, temporary seal. It is easily removable and won’t damage most surfaces.
5. Ventilation fans, exhaust fans and fireplaces
Vents, fans and fireplaces account for 18 percent of energy loss. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed air. Turn fans off as soon as soon as possible to conserve energy. Chimneys are designed specifically for smoke to escape. It is important to close the damper tightly when not in use to prevent warm air from escaping.
Preventing air leaks before the winter begins will pay off in lower energy costs and a more comfortable living environment. For more tips and information, visit http://www.getwindjammer.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content