Living in Michigan, you know how cold it can get here. Doesn’t matter if you live in a huge home out on the prairie or a tiny cottage on the edge of town, it is easy for those winter heating bills to get out of control. If you dread going to the mailbox in winter because you fear another ruinous heating bill, you are not alone.
The good news is that you do not have to live with high heating bills or cut back on necessities just to keep your family warm and cozy. With a few simple and relatively inexpensive upgrades, you can make your home more energy efficient and lower your heating bills to a more affordable level.
Seal Your Home
One of the simplest ways to lower your winter heating costs is to make your home as airtight as possible. While many new homes built in Michigan are extremely airtight and inefficient, older homes often have gaps and holes that can let those freezing cold temperatures in and send your heating bills soaring.
You can start your home sealing process by checking your windows. Wait until a cold windy day, then stand in front of your windows. If you feel a breeze, you need to seal your windows as soon as possible. You do not need to spend a lot of money — just buy a caulking gun and some caulk. In a few minutes, you can improve the efficiency of your windows and seal the cold air out.
Do not forget to cover any electrical outlets on your exterior walls. Air can come in through even the tiniest spaces, and you could lower your winter heating bill for the cost of a few outlet covers.
Have Your Furnace Checked
If your furnace is not running at peak efficiency, you can expect your heating bills to spike this winter. When the temperature drops and those cold nights set in, even a well-maintained furnace will need to work hard to keep up with the demand.
Having your furnace checked and the filters changed can improve the efficiency of your heating system and reduce your heating bills in the process. A yearly checkup for your heating system can also uncover hidden problems and prevent a breakdown on the coldest night of the year.
You do not have to live with high heating bills or resign yourself to a winter of scrimping and saving. With a few simple changes to your Michigan home, you can increase your energy efficiency, spend less for heat and keep your family warm and cozy.