Newnan Landscaping | Winter Efficiency Tips for your Home

With the dropping temperatures, we typically see a huge increase in our power and gas bills because of the constant heating of the home. Is there anything that we can do to lower these costs while keeping a comfortable, heated home throughout these next few cold months? We have put together some hints that we think will help all of us to save some money on our heating bills, and on your energy bills year-round. Take a look and if you have a tip that we missed, stop by our Facebook page and share with us and our online community. We would love to hear from you!

Seal it up

Do you ever feel cold drafts of air wafting through the house even though you have the heat on? This can be due to several things: openings around the windows and doors, cracks or holes around the home, poor insulation, or old or improperly installed windows and doors. With a little investigating, you can determine the cause of the drafts. Get out your Sherlock Holmes hat and magnifying glass (just kidding—a tissue or lit candle will work) and move around your home to find the moving cold air. Hold the tissue or candle up to the windows and doors to see if the air is coming through those areas. For windows and doors, some simple weatherstripping kits from your local hardware store can help keep that cold air from entering the home. If you find other holes or cracks, perhaps around pipes coming in the home, caulk can be helpful to seal those areas. Poor insulation may be one of the more expensive problems to have, but you can often find deals on insulation and it can be installed on your own as long as you follow the correct safety procedures.

Heating System Maintenance

If you do not have regular maintenance done on your heating equipment, it may be time to give your heating and air conditioning company a call. A well-maintained heating system will work more efficiently—helping you keep your heating bills low while keeping a warm home. Don’t forget to change your filters regularly!

Turn It Down

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees or below will drastically improve your heating bills. If you are used to keeping the temperature higher in your home, 68 degrees may feel uncomfortable at first. Throw on a sweater and some wool socks and you will become accustomed to the lower temperature (and the lower bills) in no time!

We hope these tips will be helpful to you this winter. If you have any questions about Mulch and More, the products we offer, or how we can help you with your landscaping this winter—give us a call at 770-252-0006 or contact us online.

 

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