When it comes to having a family, it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day and dollars in the bank! The hectic hustle and bustle of a family unit can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to managing your energy bills. Being proactive is the best overall advice we can offer, as spending a little now to nip a problem in the bud is a better choice than waiting for a crisis where the costs can really skyrocket.
Here are some of our top tips for saving on home energy use (and hopefully for saving a couple of dollars)!
Keep on top of plumbing issues
Frozen pipes are probably the most common problem during the winter months, due to high water pressure from the main water line mixed with below freezing temperatures. If you notice a change in water pressure during the cold months, it could be a sign of a frozen pipe. The most obvious giveaway is a restricted water flow.
If you think that you have a frozen pipe, leave your tap open slightly to allow water to flow. Water movement can help reduce pressure and stop your pipes from freezing.
Even the Red Cross has advice on how to prevent frozen plumbing — and they recommend that any part of your plumbing system that won’t be used over the winter be properly winterized to reduce the risk of cracking and freezing. This is a great job for your plumbing professional and adds a little peace of mind for you. Knowing that a professional has checked things out prior to any catastrophes, perhaps even catching any potential issues in the making, will help you feel confident in your plumbing over the winter.
Consult the pros when it comes to HVAC
Your HVAC system is the pumping heart of your home, and attempting to troubleshoot issues yourself can lead to some potential health or environmental issues, so do not hesitate to hire a specialist to address repair or replacement needs as they arise.
A professional HVAC specialist can help you learn more about how it all works, and can recommend the right brands and how to upgrade to more energy efficient furnaces and A/C units to help you save money over time.
Double check your insulation
Repairing or replacing your furnace prepares your home for winter temperatures, but a furnace, no matter how efficient, can only go so far if the heat goes (literally) straight out the window. Consider upgrading windows and doors to more efficient models to save on your energy bills.
Some smaller home improvements can also help: you can replace your curtains with heavy duty ones or add thermal lining to your existing curtains to stop the heat from escaping.
Inspect your roof before problems start
Inspect your roof for missing shingles in order to stop any leaks that might occur from snowy buildup. Warning signs that you might want to contact a roofing professional include grains or roofing debris in your gutter, missing shingles, or moisture seeping its way into your home’s insulation.
Follow the above tips and you’ll be well on your way to considerable home energy savings! During the cold winter months, it pays to remember to keep your HVAC and furnace in working order, make sure your home is properly insulated, be sure your roof is doing its job, and keep an eye on all things plumbing-related. Keep track of these four all-important areas, and you’ll have a manageable home energy bill all winter long.