Winter’s coming. Here are some hot budget tips for the chilly season

Fall is here and since the cold of winter is just around the corner it may be a good idea to do an energy evaluation of your home to save money and fix what may be leaking. Be it the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, it’s always a good idea to make sure your home is air tight.

Wasted energy is money lost. Infiltration is the culprit.

“Infiltration is the leakiness of a home. Around doors, windows, plumbing penetration under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Those are all places where air can move in and out of your home.

First, make sure your insulation is at least adequate. You never see it, but it’s more important than any piece of furniture you’ll ever own.

“Insulation slows down the heat transfer from one area to another. So if you’re paying for cooling to be inside the home, you don’t want heat moving in from outside.

“Older homes with single pane windows see a noticable loss of heat energy in the winter. Double or triple pane windows that you mostly see in newer builds help retain that heat by slowing down transfer.

Caulking is easy and an investment in saving energy dollars.

“Come to the edge of the window. You don’t want to seal where a window might open. But you want to come where the window meets the frame and seal right along the edge of it with caulk all the way around the inside and the outside. And that will cut down on that leakiness.

You can test for leaks with tissue paper or incense sticks around the seals or edges of your windows and doors.

“You can often close a door, back up, and see light around the door. Especially along the bottom. And those are definate energy wasters,¬†Especially in the winter time, you can really tell you’re trying to keep your house warm any kind of cold air coming in. … Run your hands around the seam and you’ll feel it,” Lee said.

Is your weather stripping old and cracked? Heat energy can quickly escape from there in the cold winter.

Weather stripping on doors is really simple to do. And running a caulk gun is really not that hard, either.”

Next, and you wouldn’t think this, but check your kitchen and bathroom plumbing for one important factor.

“Where the plumbing penetrates through the wall even in new homes. This is something that is often overlooked.

Check those freon levels. Make sure your filters are changed on a regular basis. And keep area around your unit clean and free of obstructions. From insulation to weather stripping….a little maintenance can go a long way in conserving energy and money.

For your free home energy evaluation call American Home Energy Alliance today 513-273-0100