The coldest temperatures so far this season are in the forecast and that may find you searching for extra blankets to put on the bed. While staying warm, you may also be worrying about the next home heating bill.
We’re learning from Oklahoma City resident David Glover on how to save a buck on those winter utility costs.
First and foremost, Glover says proper insulation in the attic is essential to keep the heat in your home.
“It’s about saving money and by making choices,” he said. “You can ultimately save more money by spending some money.”
Glover is a customer of Enersolve, a home energy services company that is helping him save money this winter.
First, put weather stripping around outside doors.
“Air-sealing your house is the number one least expensive thing you can do to reduce your energy bills,” he said.
Inside, Glover wets his hands to help him notice cold air drafts around windows.
He uses foam sealant and aluminum duct tape to seal off cold air coming in around plumbing and electrical wires.
He has covered the attic fan opening and made sure his furnace has a clean filter for better efficiency.
Glover also spent about $50 on a programmable thermostat that automatically operates his furnace when he’s gone.
“By just reducing your temperature one or two degrees or by bringing it up or down when you’re gone, you can save a lot of money,” he said.
Don’t have the money to make improvements?
Oklahoma City officials say the Green Home Loan Program can help you get started.
Program Coordinator T.O. Bowman said OKC residents can get up to a $15,000 loan with a fixed 3 percent interest rate for several projects.
“It can be the difference in spending most of your paycheck toward your energy bill or keeping it down to efficient levels,” Bowman said.
Glover said those projects more than pay for themselves over time.
“People can make really small, inexpensive changes and radically affect their overall bill.”