Utility costs are expected to increase this winter for homeowners in Colorado Springs which makes it even more important to ensure the warm air stays in your home and the cold air stays out.
1. Save money spent on your utility bill by sealing and caulking all areas prone to air leaks: around doors, windows, outlets, and exterior walls of your home.
2. With the cost of natural gas continuing to rise, it is important to program your thermostat. Programming your thermostat for lower temperatures while you are at work, sleeping, or away from home will also save you money on your monthly utility bill. Dropping the temperature too much can cause other problems such as freezing pipes so use caution!
3. If you have older windows than cold air is more likely to come inside while the warm air seeps out of your home. Although costly, vinyl windows are much more efficient than wood or aluminum windows. You can also purchase a window insulation kit if you have older inefficient windows.
4. Insulate your attic, crawl space, garage, and basement to keep your home warmer and save money on your heating bill.
5. Insulate your water heater and reduce its thermostat to 120°F to save energy.
6. Have your furnace serviced and cleaned yearly to ensure it is works efficiently. Also change the filters every month to prevent your furnace from having to work harder than it has to. The more efficient your furnace, the cheaper your heating bill.
Contact Colorado Springs Utilities to find out more about the rebates available for homeowners who have their homes insulated properly.
Colorado Springs Realtor Patricia Beck, providing real estate services to home buyers and sellers.