Sounds ridiculous, right? Not so fast. Many of us are effectively doing just that.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency estimates that home owners can typically save 10-20% of heating and cooling costs – just by sealing their homes properly. Let’s talk about that number for a second. I spend roughly $300.00 on heating every month. That is $1,500.00 per season. 20% of that would be $300.00.
There are the more obvious areas we worry about; like the cracks around our windows or drafty doors. But there are a few other culprits that most people forget about. Recessed lighting, furnace flues, dryer venting and wiring holes can have a massive impact on indoor/outdoor air exchange. Even filling gaps in your existing insulation can make a sizable difference.
Besides the economic benefit to sealing and insulating appropriately there is also a benefit for allergy sufferers.
Better insulation and sealing = less exposure to allergens.
So how can you tell if your house is leaky? There are companies that specialize in detecting leaks with blower door tests. Or you could be thrifty! Light a candle; hold it by your door or window and see if there is a flicker. If the flame is flickering, you had better seal that window!
As a super bonus to staying warm during the cold months, check out the Greenwood Frontier CX wood boiler and save an additional 80% on your homes energy bill.
For more information on saving money and energy read this article by Home Power magazine here.