Heat from your home escapes out of these cracks. By sealing these leaks, you can save up to 20% on your heating bill, and the cost of materials is typically under $20.
Pipes must be properly connected and there should be no signs of rust or damage.
If they must stay in place, be sure to seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.
Replacing your old furnace with a new, more energy efficient one can save up to 30% of your heating costs. Remember to look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
For a minimal cost, you can upgrade the insulation in your exterior walls, crawlspaces, basements and attics. Insulation may come in batts or loose fill, which can be blown into place and get those hard to reach places.
Consider installing foam gaskets behind these outlets and switches or install plastic security caps to reduce heat loss.
Better still, replace single-pane windows with energy-efficient double-pane windows with inert argon gas fill, warm-edge spacers, and low-e coating.
Vacuum out dust and pet hair from the warm air registers and the cold air returns so your furnace runs more efficiently.
If its surface is hot or even warm, some of the energy used to heat the water is being wasted. Wrap the heater in an insulating blanket. Be sure to check your user manual and labels on the tank first.
Heat is lost as it moves through long pipes, so the closer the unit is to these rooms, the more money you could save.
Before the winter comes, set your thermostat between 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) and 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit).