My first tip of the new year comes via an article from the magazine titled: Grit (Nov./Dec. 2008), "Cutting Your Heating Bill:Ten Ways To Decrease Your Energy Costs This Winter" by Deborah R. Huso.
#5 Little Leaks Lead To Big Loss. It doesn't make much sense to worry about cost efficient ways to heat your home if you haven't done all you can do to hang on to that heat. Inspect all your doors and windows for cracks, worn-out weather stripping and other leaks. Cover particularly leaky windows with a layer of heat-shrink plastic. You might not like the way it looks, but it will prevent air filtration and add another insulating layer, much like a storm window. If you can feel drafts around the window or door moldings (and around electrical outlets and receptacles), apply caulking, spray foam or outlet seals to plug them. Consider adding storm doors and windows if your house isn't already equipped.
If you have a fireplace, use it as little as you can or install an insert or stove. When you aren't burning, make sure dampers and doors are closed. If your fireplace is used as an accent nook, stuff some fiberglass batting up into the flue for a better seal. Just remember to remove it when you decide to light that romantic mid-winter fire, or it won't be hearts that are ablaze.I hope this tip will help you out at least a little bit this winter season. Until tomorrow and another money saving tip.
P.S. If you have any tips for saving on your heating bill and would like to share with the other readers please do post a comment.