3 Tips to Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter Season

Winter is upon us! With temperatures dropping, our heaters start working hard to keep us toasty but that also means that as the heat in your house goes up so does your electric bill. 

One of the biggest factors to consider when talking about energy usage is how well insulated your home is. You could crank up your thermostat often and still feel like it's not warm enough or that you quickly lose heat if your home is not insulated and sealed properly. Minimizing drafts can have a huge impact on lowering your energy costs. 

Winter may be upon us but it's not too late to invest in a couple of options to bring down the cost of heating. Keep reading below for 3 tips to reduce your heating costs without having to sacrifice your comfort.

1. Check around the outside and inside of windows for any holes, cracks or openings that may need to be filled to prevent leaks. Use acrylic-latex caulk or expanding foam sealant to close any small openings where air may escape. Another cost-effective way to help keep your place warm is by installing window treatments. Blinds or thick curtains can help to keep the heat in.

2. Consider replacing old exterior doors with new energy-efficient fiberglass doors. At Feather River Doors, we pride ourselves in offering many door models that are Energy Star certified in all 50 states. Imagine the savings from a fiberglass door which is up to five times more energy-efficient than a traditional wood door! So, what makes our doors energy efficient?
  •  Injected Polyurethane Foam Core:  Up to 5 times more energy-efficient than wood, is 100% CFC Free (Environmentally Friendly) and has superior density.
  • Triple pane insulated decorative glass
  • Foam compression weatherstrips to help seal out drafts  
 3. Adding insulation to your attic is one of the best ways to winterize your home and keep your heating costs down. According to the EPA, your attic should have between 10 to 14 inches of insulation (depending on insulation type). Having too little insulation means that as warm air rises, it will easily escape through your attic leaving you to turn up the thermostat once again. Keep in mind that insulation recommendations also vary by region, so check the recommended R-value for your area here. For other great tips on how to properly insulate your attic, EnergyStar has many resources to get you started.

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