Three Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Heating Costs This Holiday Season
With this holiday season already turning out to be colder than average, we are all looking for ways to save on our heating costs. We Care has put together a list of a few things that you can do to decrease your heating costs this winter.
Utilize our amazing California sun: While it may be colder than the average California winter so far we have something that many other regions in the United States do not. We have more hours and days of sunlight than most states within the continental US. You can use the sunlight to your advantage by opening your blinds at times of peak natural sunlight. This sunlight can enter the rooms within your home and offer free heating of up to a couple degrees in rooms directly impacted by the sunlight. It is important to close the blinds back up when the sunlight is not able to stream in through the window to utilize the insulating property of your blinds, shades, or shutters.
Be sure that your attic is properly insulated: It is no secret that hot air rises, and due to this fact many homes lose tremendous amounts of heat through their attics. One of the most cost efficient ways to reduce the amount of hot air that escapes through your attic is through proper insulation. An attic that is properly insulated can help reduce heating costs by more than 15%. Even if your attic is already insulated, it is a good idea to do visual inspections to make sure that there are no visible gaps in insulation that may have occurred while getting Christmas decorations out of the attic or while packing them in during previous years.
Seal windows where drafts can be detected: There is nothing more counterproductive than spending money to heat your home only to let heat escape outdoors. To prevent wasting the heat in your home it is important to visually inspect windows and door seals to identify cracks in sealant as well as visible gaps. If any of gaps or cracks are detected it is critical to get them patched up as quickly as possible to prevent waste and discomfort.
We hope that you have enjoyed these free tips to help reduce your energy costs this holiday season. If you would like one of our experts to give you an in-home consultation, We Care to Go the Extra Mile.