Winterizing Your Home

Looking for ways to keep your energy bills low?  Did you know that 50% of your energy bills goes to heat or cool your home?  Water heating makes up another 25%, with the remaining 25% of your energy costs covering “other” electrical use.

Dalton Utilities offers you the following energy saving tips to help “winterize” your home and save on your heating bills:

  • Up to 45% of your home’s energy is lost through the attic.  Check your attic insulation to see if it meets the recommended value for our area (R-30) and add additional insulation as required.
  • Have your furnace or heat pump serviced regularly.  In addition, check your furnace filters on a monthly basis to see if they are dirty and need cleaning or replacing.  (A good time to check them is each month when you receive your utility bill!)
  • Set your thermostat 10 degrees lower when you leave your home.  If you have a heat pump, check with the manufacturer to see if resetting the thermostat would be a cost savings.
  • Check weather stripping and caulk around doors, windows, and openings in your house where wires and pipes enter.  The small cracks around these areas may seem inconsequential but, when added together, lose the same amount of heat as a very large hole!
  • Consider installing double-glazed or storm windows and storm doors to further protect your home from heating loss.  An economical alternative to storm windows is to cover windows with plastic sheeting either on the exterior or interior of the windows.  The plastic, like the storm windows, creates “dead air” space between it and the window which saves energy.

Some other common sense energy savers include:

  • Running only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Wearing warm clothing inside your home to allow you to keep thermostats lower.
  • Making sure that heating vents or radiators are not blocked by furniture, carpet or drapes.