Though those of us in the so-called frugal realm of the world attempt to live on less, cut back and “just do without” whenever we can, often when it comes to our homes and winter heating, we fall under the illusion that the increased cost of home heating during winter months is just inevitable. We find ourselves begrudgingly turning up the thermostat in an effort to keep our families comfortable and unwillingly signing away life and limb on the check to the electrical company each month. Yet, the idea that we can’t be “cheap” or save when it comes to home heating is completely false.
Not only that, fortunately, one of the biggest ways to keep heating bills down is also one of the easiest and requires nothing of us in terms of sacrificing your own comfort. It simply involves keeping in the heat that you’re already paying dearly to create. You’ll notice in the infographic below that all of the heat you produce, somewhere along the way, gets lost. While that’s not a shock (a warm house can’t stay warm forever without a renewable supply of heat) the rate and intensity with which that heat escapes is crucial. Hence, the more heat you can keep in or rather, the less you allow to escape, the less you’ll heat overall, the less energy you’ll use overall, and the lower your home heating bill will be. And who said you couldn’t be cheap when it came to heating?
So, pull out your weather stripping materials for windows, put homemade door draft stoppers in front of all doors, insulate wherever you can and seal off every tiny pesky hole and crack you can find. They might seem little, and it might seem pointless, but trust us, it all adds up. Considering the fact that 35% of heat is lost just from air leakage, any amount you can cut down just that number will be extremely valuable. Extra sealing around doors and windows can eliminate up to as much as 18-20% of your heat loss. Can you seal off your attic completely in the ceilings? If so, add on another 10% of heat you can keep in. It’s actually that easy, so take our advice and go start searching, high and low, for where your precious heat is escaping your home!