Utah isn’t the coldest place in the world, but I still have to fight each winter to keep my energy costs under control. I may be fighting a losing battle, but I have learned a few tricks to reduce what I pay in utilities each month.
Look for efficient Amsco windows in Utah
Windows and doors are the primary ways heat escapes from your home (especially if your kids are too busy to close doors behind them.) Putting in more efficient windows and doors will cost you up front, but I found it paid for itself pretty soon in a couple cycles of hot summers and cold winters. Look for energy efficient Amsco windows Utah dealers to get the tightest windows and doors for your buck. Make sure you find a Utah window dealer that works with the most highly rated products in energy efficiency.
Air leak tracking
Installing the Energy Star windows Salt Lake City, Utah weather demands isn’t enough to ensure your home is airtight. Heat could be escaping from small cracks and crevices all around your home. These are fairly easy to fix with weather stripping or caulking, but you need to find them first. You may choose to hire a professional to search your home for leaks, or there are some tricks you can use to find leaks yourself. Go to www.energysavers.gov to find a list of ways to check for air leaks yourself.
Energy Efficient Heat pumps
These machines work by transfering heat from air or other media to another — similar to how a refrigerator works. Heat pumps can warm your home during the winter and cool it during the summer. Moving heat from one area to another takes far less energy than consuming a fuel to create it, so heat pumps are more cost effective than furnaces.
Furnace maintenance checklist
This may be obvious, but many people, like me, still forget about their furnaces until they quit or the first winter gas bill arrives. Check your furnace on a monthly basis to make sure it’s uncluttered by debris, the hose is intact, and the filter is clean. Plan on changing the filter every few months during times of high use. Follow this furnace maintenance checklist to make sure your furnace stays in top condition.
Get rebates for being green
Apart from utility savings you’ll gain with these tips, the financial pats on the back could be substantial. You may be eligible for several Federal energy efficiency tax credits for implementing these improvements. Furthermore, installing energy efficient windows in Salt Lake City, Utah can qualify you for discounts on your gas and electricity bills. If you live outside Utah, check to see if your utility company has a similar program.