OK, had to access a little poetic license for that one, but it’s true. Now hopefully you have done some of the things we listed previously, and you are well on your way to energy savings and a warm and cozy home for the fall. However, since you’re in the mood to save money, I’ll give you a few additional steps to aid you in winterizing your home. Don’t get stressed out. Remember, these are all pretty simple items, and they will keep more of your money out of the drain.
Insulating Duct-work and Pipes – Insulating pipes and ducts that run through unheated space will result in a significant savings in your energy bill. Heat escapes from bare hot-water pipes causing the water sitting in those pipes to cool down between uses. This results in running extra water from the faucet to get hot water. Wrapping these pipes will save you money. Wrapping cold water lines won’t save you energy dollars, but will eliminate dripping and sweating from condensation, avoiding water spots.
Water Savings – Just do it! Fix those dripping faucets. Turn the faucet off when you are not using the water. Yes, even when you are still standing there and will be using it again shortly. Did you know that showers cost less than baths? You will also use less water if you install energy efficient shower-head. (more…)