The cold has set in early this year so it’s a good idea to perform some maintenance around the house to make your home more energy efficient. Here are a few tips!

  1.  Air Sealing. Gaps around pipes, chimneys and unfinished spaces can cause homes to lose heat and become drafty. You can seal these holes with caulking compounds or foam aerosol products. We recommend starting with the largest gaps first.

  2. Weather stripping. Windows and doors can be drafty. Use vinyl or metal weatherstripping to cut down on leaks and keep the cold air out.

  3. Insulating hot water pipes. Hot water can cool several degrees between the water heater and the faucet. Insulating your pipes may help raise the water temperature by up to 4° Fahrenheit.

  4.  Taking advantage of heat from the sun. Open curtains on south-facing windows to take advantage of sunlight in during the day and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows. Add a thermal layer to help keep the cold out.

  5. Maintaining your heating system. If you have a furnace, replace your filters once a month or as needed.

    For more DIY projects to save energy, visit www.energy.gov. To learn more about our weatherization program and find out if you’re eligible by visiting saratogaeoc.org.