#ActAndSave: Winter Cold Spells

#ActAndSave: Winter Cold Spells

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A cold snap has gripped the [enter region] with temperatures consistently dipping into the [temp range]. But you don’t have to suffer in your own home. Winter is the best time to consider easy improvements that can keep out the cold and make your home more comfortable and more efficient, as well as take the strain off of your furnace.

Programmable thermostats can save an average of 10% per year on home heating costs

Recommendation

Start by improving your home’s insulation and sealing any drafts. According to experts this is the best way to lower your energy bills while keeping your house warm and cozy this winter. Take on the biggest culprits in the home first:

  • Draft proof your home by sealing gaps around windows and doors and other building penetrations like baseboards, outlets, and holes for plumbing with caulk, spray-foam or weather stripping to keep the cold air out, and the warm air in.
  • Add insulation to your attic and/or walls to stay warm while also saving up to 30% on winter heating costs.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat to dial-back temperatures when you’re not home or awake to help maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature in your home while saving energy. And, make sure you’ve set the thermostat properly with some tips available here.
Take Action
  1. Get informed: Whether you are a DIY kind of family, or looking to hire a local contractor to do the work, starting with the right information is essential:
    1. Know your performance: Check your recent utility bills, or search for your address on home energy performance sites like myutilityscore.com or clearlyenergy.com to see how your house stacks up
    2. There are helpful tips and resources at Energy Star’s online “Home Energy Knowledge Center”, where you can match your biggest concerns with the best home energy improvement project. Or, check out the best recommendations by zip code provided by the US Department of Energy
    3. Consider a home energy audit where a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS),  Home Energy Solutions (HES), or Building Performance Institute (BPI) professional can identify the right improvements to save energy and money in your home
    4. See what financing options you may quality for, with the Database of State incentives, your local electric utility, or options from traditional lending institutions.
  2. Act: Ready to take on your home improvement? Here are a few things to consider:
    1. Hiring help? Find a qualified contractor in your area with like BPI-certified contractors
    2. Going the DIY route? The DOE’s DIY energy saver guide includes project tips, material guides, and more.
  3. Share: Snap a picture and tell us what you’re doing to improve your home’s performance this winter—tagging us at [fill in network’s social media username]. We may feature your project in an upcoming news segment.

Weatherstripping double-hung windows can save 5-10% annually on heating bills an average savings of $42-$83

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Quick Facts

Source: US Department of Energy 

  • Sealing uncontrolled air leaks can save you 10-20% on annual heating bills, realizing an average annual savings of $83-$166.
  • Weatherstripping double-hung windows can save 5-10% annually on heating bills, an average savings of $42-$83.
  • Programmable thermostats can save an average of 10% per year on home heating costs.
Social Media Posts

Establish a hashtag for your network in order to share these and similar tips with viewers and followers:

  • Tips for keeping your home warm this winter without blasting the heat—seal gaps around windows and doors, add insulation to the attic/walls, or purchase a programmable thermostat: http://bit.ly/2iyDGQ6 #ActAndSave

  • Warm up this winter with a couple of energy and money-saving upgrades—these DIY projects all cost less than $200, and pay back in no time: http://bit.ly/2EMuBd9 #ActAndSave

  • This winter, save up to 20% on heating costs for your home by making sure all ceilings, roofs, exterior walls, and wall cavities are insulated: http://ngrid.com/2mCmaKc #ActAndSave

  • STOP THE DRAFTS and get those cold rooms back in use —seal gaps around windows and doors, add insulation to the attic/walls, or purchase a programmable thermostat: http://bit.ly/2iyDGQ6 #ActAndSave

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