According to The Wall Street Journal, energy costs this winter are expected to drop 3.8 percent, however homeowners can save even more by taking advantage of some energy efficiency tips and programs.
Just because there are going to be lower fuel costs this winter doesn’t mean you can’t strive to save as much as you can. Identifying older equipment and replacing it with higher-efficiency technology can increase savings for years to come and also contribute to improving your home value.
By doing this, some homeowners may also become eligible for certain tax rebates, says the Journal.
Some additional tips offered by the newspaper include setting your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night – this can cut down on your seasonal heating costs by 10 percent. Additionally, try to prevent heat loss by sealing air leaks around windows and door frames with caulk or weather stripping.
Meanwhile, it’s advised to have your heating system cleaned and maintained by a heating professional at the beginning of the season. Simply replacing dirty filters can drastically improve the energy efficiency of a household.
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