As less and less people are building new homes, most people are buying homes that are now approaching the 100 year old mark. Older homes have their appeal of having some history and character to them that new homes just don’t have.
Older homes do come with a downside though. Large utility bills being at the top of that list. Luckily, there are easy fixes that can save you money on energy costs, and actually be valuable upgrades to a home. Let’s take a look at some of the best energy saving upgrades you can make on your old home.
Seal Air Ducts
Air ducts move air from your furnace to your living space. Older ducts have a tendency to bleed out heat. It’s a common issue that is just caused by old age in the ducts that can include holes, or just simply loose joints between ducts.
To make your ductwork more efficient try these simple fixes. For the loose joints, just adhesives. For those holes and cracks you might find, high quality metal tape can seal those ducts right up. Regular old duct tape isn’t a substitute for metal tape, with many HVAC professionals calling for you to avoid using duct tape on your ducts.
Once your ducts are all sealed up and up to modern day standards, considering upgrading your furnace to an Energy-Star rated one. These newer furnaces will cut your heating bills by almost 35% percent and are helping America become more energy efficient. With more energy efficient furnaces, the less fuel we need, and that means less money spent on heating bills.
Seal Windows and Doors
A simple fix to trap heat inside of your home is to simply make sure your doors and windows are sealed well. Weather-stropping and caulk can go a long way with saving your hard earned energy costs. Adding caulk around your windows can seal up major weak points where heat can escape your home. With an average cost of $150 to bring in a professional to seal your cracks, it’s an easy, cheap fix that will save you money in the long run.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
These thermostats are helping homeowners all across the nation by saving money when they aren’t home or are asleep. As long as you’re keeping the difference within a few degrees, most energy experts say you can save money per degree on energy bills. So, for example, if would see a 5% decrease in your bill if you lower your heating by 5 degrees at night.