How to Weatherize Your Home for Energy Efficiency
January 26, 2015.
Save between 25% and 40% on your heating and cooling bills just by making some weatherization improvements around the house! Simple activities such as installing drapes on windows, adding insulating film to windows to prevent drafts, and addressing other home air leaks can help save energy, and reduce your impact on climate change.
Install Window Film Insulation to Windows
Nearly 30% of a home’s heat is lost through the doors and windows! Our heat shrink window film insulation kit has all the materials you need insulate 5 windows for the winter. Sealing your windows in the winter reduces uncomfortable drafts and heat loss from your home. This clear film is easy to install and can be cut to fit most windows. The insulation is a small investment that will provide immediate savings on your monthly utility bills.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
Using programmable thermostat will reduce your energy use by 5-30% every year! By using the setting features, you can dial back the temperature while you aren't home (about 5-10 degrees for 8 hours a day). While the environmental benefits may very on your local climate control needs, good thermostats definitely make it easy to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
Use Draft Guards
If you have doors that have more than a 1/4" gap with the floor, draft guards are a cheap and practical way to keep heat from escaping rooms where you want it, and from getting in when you don't! Keeping a tight seal around doors and windows is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Try a Furnace Filter Whistle
If you keep your furnace filters clean, you can save up to an extra 15% on home heating costs! A furnace filter whistle is a simple device that makes a low, soft whistling sound if it is plugged into a clogged filter. Plug it into your filter to test if it is clogged, and leave in to alert you once the filter needs changing. Operating your furnace with a clogged filter not only damages your equipment, it operates up to 15% less efficiently. This whistle will remind you so you don't waste energy and money heating your home inefficiently.
Use Window Shades
Keep shades drawn in south-facing rooms that aren't occupied on days when you're trying to keep your home cool. If you're trying to keep your home warm on cold days, be sure to keep your shades drawn in unoccupied north-facing rooms. They may be thin, but they minimize energy transfer between your home and the outdoors surprisingly well!
Renovate for Efficiency
If you’re ready to make major improvements, install new windows, redo your envelop, and install a green or white roof top! There are many rebated loans to help fund these projects for homes and small businesses. These bigger ticket items will save you cash in the long run, plus they are one of the best ways to shrink your impact on climate change. Check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (DSIRE) to see what rebates may be available in your state.