An energy efficient home can save your family hundreds of dollars each year in
heating costs. There are many simple steps homeowners can take to boost the energy efficiency
of homes in Portland. Some of these steps involve scheduling services
with professionals, while others can be easily completed by homeowners.
Service Your Furnace
If you haven’t yet had your furnace serviced, you should schedule
an appointment right away. Ideally, furnaces should be serviced every
year before the wintry weather strikes. Maintaining your furnace properly
is an effective way to keep it running at optimum performance, which will
save energy. Your HVAC technician will clean the furnace, change the filters,
and perform an inspection to ensure your family stays safe during the winter.
Seal Entry Points
Another way to save energy is to walk around your home to check for entry
points. Pay close attention to pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables
at the points where they enter your home. Over time, the caulk used to
seal these entry points can wear away, which leaves gaps that let out
warm air and may even allow access to rodents. Apply expanding foam to
large gaps and seal areas around pipes with caulk.
Check the Weatherstripping
The weatherstripping around your windows and doors helps
keep the heat inside your home. Over time, this material can wear down and develop tears, creating drafts
inside your home. Inspect your windows and doors each year and replace
the weatherstripping as needed.
Apply Transparent Film to Windows
A significant percentage of your home’s energy loss is likely caused
by your windows and glass patio doors. Look for transparent window film
at a hardware store to make your home more energy efficient. Window film
is inexpensive and easy to apply to glass. If you follow the instructions
carefully, you probably won’t even notice that it’s on your windows.
Invest in a Chimney Balloon
Lighting a fire on a cold winter’s day is one of the perks of living
in a northern climate. Unfortunately, chimneys do allow heat loss when
the fireplace isn’t being used, even if you remember to close the
damper. Purchase a chimney balloon to push up into your chimney when it’s
not in use.