Solar panels, tankless water heaters and radiant barriers in your attic are all great ways to reduce your utility bills, but they can be a bit pricey. Below are some cheaper tips that won’t make as big of a difference but every little bit helps!

 

Window coverings aren’t just for looks. If you choose the right type, they can help insulate your windows by keeping hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. This can be in the form of drapes and/or insulated blinds. There are “blackout” blinds that will repel a large percentage of the Sun’s rays, keeping the house cooler in the summer.

 

Clean your window sills. Dirt and grime can accumulate in the groove where your windows slide in as you close them and prevent a full seal. Even a little air passing through can make your HVAC work harder than it should.

 

Add or replace door sweeps. If you can see light coming from under any of your doors leading to the outside, you should address that because air is able to move through that space. And be sure to check your door from the inside of the home leading into the garage, too. Those doors usually aren’t sealed as well as other exterior doors.

 

Check your ducts. This one is a little harder in that you’ll have to visit your attic (or hire an HVAC professional). If you see any holes, tears or signs of leaking, they should be sealed with mastic or metal/foil tape. Don’t use “duct” tape as it doesn’t last as long as you’d like for this use.

 

Caulk and weatherstripping. Keep all windows and doors nicely caulked and keep the weatherstrip in good shape. Make sure you use indoor caulk of good quality and keep it painted as needed.

 

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