Now I know you probably don’t worry about your heating bill in the winter as much as you worry about your AC bill in the summer. We are lucky to live in the Sonoran Desert where our winters are mild and we often don’t use our heat for days or weeks at a time. However, there are easy ways you can help keep warm air inside and cold air outside and ultimately save money on heating and cooling your home throughout the year. Here are some easy DIY tips to help keep your energy bill down:
- Replace old weatherstripping – a simple and inexpensive way to prevent outside air from coming in.
- Seal gaps and holes on the outside of your home with caulking or foam that expands – check around the birdboards or construction joints.
- Make sure your damper is closed on your fireplace when not in use.
- Winterize your swamp cooler and use the damper to prevent outside air from creeping into your home.
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperature lower at night or while you are away.
- Tune up your furnace so that it is running at its most efficient level – call ULTRA Air if you haven’t had a tune up in the last 6 months.
These are things that most of us can do on our own to reduce energy costs associated with heating or cooling your home. These home improvements pay for themselves quickly as the cost of energy increases every year. After all, who doesn’t like to save money?