If you are like me, right about now you are wanting to spend a little less money on heating and cooling your home and a little more money on vacations. The number of people I know taking whole families on fabulous island vacations during the next few weeks is mind boggling, but it has inspired a rather New Year’s Eve-ish kind of resolution in me. It’s time to cut cost in smart ways in order to spend more time (and money) having memory-making adventures.
There are all kinds of ways to save money on heating and cooling your home from really simple to a little more difficult.
Starting with the easiest…
- Adjust your thermostat – it’s okay to turn your thermostat down (in the winter), especially at night when you can warm yourself with an electric blanket or even a space heater (as long as you follow all the safety precautions). That way, you are not heating an entire home when you are only in one room.
- Use the Sun – the sun is a free source of heat even if you do not have solar panels. Open your blinds and curtains on windows facing the sun and let it warm the room for you.
Next on the list…
- Have your furnace serviced – everything works better when it’s had a little tune up, if you want your furnace to work at the top of its game it needs to have yearly maintenance.
- Seal up drafty doors and windows – while you want your home to “breathe,” you don’t want big gusty drafts to blow through your house while you are trying to keep it warm. Find the drafty spots and seal them properly with either insulation or weather stripping.
Big Money Changes…
These changes are more costly on the front end, but will save you more in the long run.
- Upgrade to an Energy Efficient Furnace – this will be pricey, no doubt about it, but if your furnace is 10 years old or older it is time to look at a more energy efficient model. Our technicians are more than qualified to help you find the appropriate energy efficient furnace for your home.
- Update your insulation – over time insulation breaks down and becomes less efficient, since it is a major source of keeping warm air inside our homes it is important to replace it when it is less than 12 inches deep.
Next Spring Break, I want to shake off the winter blues on an island too, so I am going to start shaving off expenses where I can and the first place I am starting is utilities…next place is food…wonder how that will go?
If you are interested in upgrading your furnace to a cost saving energy efficient model call us today at Carmine’s 203-791-8089.