If you put your hand near a window or door and feel a draft, add some window film, rubber strips, or an insulating film to considerably reduce air infiltrations… and lower your heating bill.
Lower your thermostats
Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically lower the temperature in your home when you go to bed or leave the house. By taking advantage of this type of device, you can save close to $180 on energy costs every year.
Make sure your chimney is in good condition
Do you have a chimney? Don’t forget to have it cleaned once a year. A visual check of the pipe is often insufficient, since deposits generated by wood combustion can instantly inflate with heat and block the chimney. This task can be difficult to accomplish, so why not entrust it to a certified chimney sweep?
Test your furnace filters
Did you know that dust in your air filters can inhibit air flow, increasing heating costs and eventually causing your furnace to malfunction? Note that filters should be replaced once a month during the heating season. You’ll find them at your local hardware store.
Check for cracks around the house
Water can accumulate in cracks around your home and expand when it gets cold—the damage can be quite extensive. Go around and check your house for peace of mind. You can fill in cracks in the brick and foundations by using caulking; for plumbing, seal pipes up if they are not watertight.
Check the base of your oil tank and its perimeter