As fall sweeps in, so does the apparel. Sweaters, beanies and berets, mittens, and boots make a grand seasonal entrance to keep you warm and cozy. They bundle you up at football games, on hayrides, and around bonfires, but what’s keeping your house nice and toasty when you arrive home?
Winterizing your house in a few simple updates can save your home from leaking energy and cash as the temperatures continue to dip. Raccoon Valley Bank suggests you try your hand at a few of these energy-saving DIYs to stay warm and well-financed this winter.
Replace your windows with energy-efficient models
“They’re just windows, how much can the really help?” The answer: a lot. Energy Star estimates that for the region that includes Iowa, replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will save $353 and about 2,700 pounds of CO2 per year (the equivalent of about 137 gallons of gasoline). Now multiply that times the number of windows you replace and you’re looking at quite the savings.
Thirty to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials start for around $5 in most home improvement stores, making them a cheap way to patch up any areas you’re losing heat from.
A programmable thermostat
By setting a heating schedule for your home, you are able to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. A programmable thermostat adds credence to the motto, “Work smarter, not harder.”
Adding or replacing insulation
This can help reduce your heating costs by as much as 20 percent according to Green Energy Solutions, Inc. It’s another cost effective way to make your home energy efficient, as a roll of insulation starts at $15-20.
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads
Reduce the amount of work your water heater does by limiting how much hot water you use with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Combine these with shorter showers, and you’re looking at a flood of savings.
The options for winter updates are through the well-insulated roof. Before undertaking any energy-saving DIYS, however, make sure it fits your budget. Talk to Raccoon Valley Bank for any financing needs as you slide into winter this fall!
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