Hey Baby It's Cold Outside ... Tips to keep Utility Bills in Check This Winter

By Upper Cape Realty | Dec 09, 2015

New England — Living in New England means that you have a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular seasons that nature can produce. Unfortunately for New England homeowners, the winter months can take a toll on your property, your wallet, and your sanity. Keeping your home properly insulated is key to keeping your utility bills in check, and maintaining optimal comfort in every area of your house. Here are some useful hints to ensure that your house stays nice and warm in the coldest winter months.


Proper Window Insulation

Many houses in New England are now being built with state-of-the-art storm windows. These are easy to maintain, and will definitely help reduce your utility bills in the harshest of the winter months. However, if you find yourself in a home that doesn't come equipped with storm windows, and winter is approaching too quickly to consider outfitting your new home with brand-new windows in every room, then here are some helpful options for you to consider.

Properly caulking your windows is the first step in ensuring adequate window insulation. Examine the windows in your home inside and out, and apply a high-grade, paintable caulk whenever holes in the caulking are found. For those hard-to-see air leaks, I recommend the smoke method. First, you'll need to create some negative pressure in your home. This can be acheived by turning on your stove or ceiling fan. Next, take a lit stick of incense (Or you can purchase smoke pencils from your local hardware store), and run the smoke along the sides, tops, and bottoms of your windows. A draft will push the smoke away, and give you a much better idea of where to apply your caulk.

Now that your windows are adequately caulked, you can now consider other options.

Cling Film Insulation

Cling-film window kits are available in most hardware stores, and can drastically reduce the amount of heat your home loses. They are fairly easy to self- install, and in most cases, all you will need is a hair dryer. However, if you don't have the time or the patience to do this yourself, there are licensed installers that offer a wide range of film insulation services, including more decorative options such as window tinting and stained-glass looks.

Proper Door Insulation

Ensuring that your doors are properly insulated is another big step in keeping your winter heating costs down. The most practical way to do this is to purchase draft stoppers. A draft stopper slides in between the bottom of your door and the floor, effectively blocking drafts. These can be purchased at your local hardware store, and in most cases, are incredibly easy to install.

Keep Your Thermostat Fixed

While it is easy to keep your thermostat at 70+ plus all winter long, adjusting as needed, this can create a lot of wasted energy, and can be a drain on your expenses. I recommend keeping your thermostat around 60 degrees, and purchasing space heaters for the rooms that you spend the most time in, like your bedroom or living room. This will ensure optimal climate control for you and your loved ones without draining your wallet.

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