Winterizing your home for energy efficiency

Temperatures are dropping and the change in seasons from fall to winter is only a few weeks away. Kids love the winter: Sledding, building snow forts and, of course, getting days off from school. But adults have a few different tasks to tend to, like shoveling the driveway and paying those ever-growing heating bills.

While there's not much you can do to keep it from snowing, you can help yourself – and your bank account – this winter by weatherproofing your home and creating a more energy efficient residence to help save on those utility costs. The Better Businesses Bureau (BBB) of Central New England, a region that knows a thing or two about cold, has compiled some helpful tips for winterizing your home:

  • Check your doors and windows for any openings that may be caused by cracked or peeling frames. If you do spot an air leak, seal it up with caulk or weatherstripping. Air leaks are one of the most common contributors to heat loss and power consumption during the winter.
  • Fireplaces are a great and cheap way of staying warm, but before you use it, inspect your chimney for any leaves, animals or other debris that might be caught inside. Putting a screen covering over the chimney's outdoor opening can help prevent these things from being trapped in the first place.
  • If your furnace is older than 15 years, you should consider replacing it. But for newer models, clean the filter, confirm that the pilot light is on and ensure that your thermostat is working properly. Defective or leaky furnaces can generate unnecessary heat that drives up your bills.

R and J Tinting's solar control window film is another easy and affordable way of saving energy this winter. Simply install these films throughout your home's windows so they can absorb sunlight and reduce power bills.