In a home that does not retain heat during the winter, you are literally burning money. In the U.S, the average annual energy bill is well over $1000. That’s not a small change.
With some modest home insulation improvements, you could save hundreds of dollars per year. In this article, we’ll talk you through 5 great ways to do that. Applying these suggestions will give you the peace of mind that you’re not throwing money on the bonfire to keep warm.
1. Sausage or Snake
This might seem like a strange thing to say but what we’re referring to is the long thin cushion that lies next to the door in your house. Sausage dog or door snake, whatever you call it is a great way to reduce the draft in your house and prevent heat from escaping from your room.
The small gap under your door may not seem much but it can equate to a small hole in your outer wall. When you see it in those terms it’s easy to see how plugging the gap with a fun draft excluder can make a big difference.
2. Window Tricks
Your windows are a major leak point in your house. Modern double glazed windows are much better and efficient at keeping the heat in. If you don’t have double glazing there are other options.
Thick heavy curtains can help keep the heat in the room during the evenings and even help keep the heat out during the hot summer months. Another great idea is solar window films.
Sometimes the light coming into the house is so bright you block it using blinds and curtains but that means you lose the benefit of the heat. A solar window film allows you to reduce the intensity of the light while allowing you to retain the benefit of solar heat in your house.
3. Door of Opportunity
It’s not just the small gap under the door that allows heat to escape and cold air to come in. All of your doors are vulnerable to this expensive heat exchange. This is especially true of outside wall doors.
Your doors can be fitted with weather stripping made from rubber, foam, or other materials. This helps to seal the gaps around the door. Old homes with poorly fitted doors and frames will benefit from this approach.
4. Pull Up Your Sleeves
Cover your pipes with an insulation sleeve. This will help to retain the heat in the pipes. If you don’t do this, your pipes act like mini radiators and lose heat in parts of the house that aren’t beneficial.
5. Comfort Blanket
In the same way, a blanket keeps you warm at night, you should use a special blanket to wrap your hot water tank to help keep your heating system as efficient as possible. The blanket will help your system retain the heat for as long as possible and reduce any energy consumption needed to maintain a specific temperature.
Save With Home Insulation
In this article, you’ve read about 5 great ways to improve your home insulation. Each one of these tips is achievable and need not be expensive. The quicker you start to apply these tips the quicker you will start to save money.
Why not review your energy bills over the past year and start with a few of these suggestions. As you see the savings you’ll be motivated to sort out your home insulation.
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