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A few weeks back, we gave you some ideas on how to prepare your home for winter. Today, we will shed some light on how to step up your energy savings even more, and make the most of your home prep efforts.
While a professional energy audit may be the most thorough (you can find information on selecting a professional via the the U.S. Department of Energy), homeowners themselves can perform an energy assessment.
- Locate and seal air leaks. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that this along can amount to a potential savings of anywhere from 5% to 30% annually, not to mention the comfort addressing drafts brings to your home. Leaks can be found wherever there are natural gaps, from doorways to areas along baseboards or electrical outlets. Remember to inspect the exterior of your home for gaps or cracks in the foundation, siding and windows.
- Check insulation. Your home — especially if it is an older one — may not have the proper level of insulation, resulting in heat loss. Check the...
Clues Your Home Needs Insulation
- The age of your home: If it was built in the 1960s or earlier (pretty common in the Northeast), you could likely benefit from added insulation.
- Inconsistency in temperature: For example, your home may have colder spots in the winter and hot spots -- like the upstairs -- in the summer.
- Snow melting from your roof in the winter a little faster than your neighbors' or frequent ice dams or icicles.