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Save on Your Energy Bill!  No, Really...You Can Do It!

Fall is here!  Football.  Homecoming.  Pumpkins.  Apples.  Combines.  Sweatshirts.  Bonfires.  With fall comes dropping temps, falling leaves, & a chance to work on a few things that might benefit you in home ownership.  Like many of us, we are conscious of our dollars & want to care both for our homes & our wallets at the same time.  Here's  some tips from the Department of Energy to cut down on your energy bill:

Install a sweep to the inside bottom edge of your front door to eliminate drafts, and if you have a door that goes into an attached garage, install a sweep on that door too. Add weatherstripping to any sliding glass doors.  You'll have a noticeable difference not only in draft & frosting, but also a more consistent temperature feel.

To reduce the amount of heat lost up the chimney when a wood fire isn’t burning, install a tight-fitting glass door unit over the fireplace opening. Close the fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use.  Also, if you haven't had someone look at the chimney in a while--a visit by a local expert could prevent unexpected emergencies (Oct is Fire Prevention month & as a volunteer firefighter I highly recommend it:)

Install foam gaskets behind drafty switch and receptacle cover plates.  You'd be surprised how much warm air can seep thru outlets.

Weatherstrip around the attic door or access hatch.  Sometimes we go heavy on the insulation & forget the hatch.  Remember this can be key as well.

Using silicone caulk, caulk around the outside of the window frames and weatherstrip between the sash. These are the easiest and least expensive options to stop air infiltration. Better yet, replace single-glazed (single-pane) windows with double- or triple-glazed windows, which are up to five times as efficient.  A good thought is to strategize to replace a few windows a year per your budget if a large project may be down the line.

Arrange your furniture so it doesn’t obstruct heat registers. For places you can’t leave open, add scoop-shaped heat deflectors to the tops of registers to force air from under furniture and into the room. Partially or completely close register dampers in rooms that are seldom used.

Also, call your local HVAC technician to look at your furnace to insure efficiency & make sure you are changing filters regularly.

Have a safe & enjoyable fall season!  Any questions, call at 507.254.6265 or email atjones@cbburnet.com.

Aaron