Home Efficiency Tips to Help Save You Money & Time

With cold weather in the extended forecast, now is the time to focus on winterizing your home and making it more efficient. Not only will this help lower your energy costs throughout the year, but it is also essential to help avoid costly repairs and insurance claims. Check out BHFCU Insurance’s top 6 tips to make your home more efficient.
#1 - Seal drafty windows and doors.
Check for drafts around the openings in your home, including windows and doors. If you feel airflow anywhere, seal any leaks with weather stripping or caulk.
#2 - Change your exterior light bulbs.
It’s always a good idea to know where you’re walking, especially when the ground is icy or uneven. Change your exterior light bulbs that illuminate entrances to your home to stay safe.
#3 - Drain and turn off any exterior faucets and irrigation systems.
Avoid freezing water and busted pipes. Drain and turn off all exterior faucets before cold weather begins. If you have an irrigation system, ensure that it is properly winterized with the help of a professional.
#4 - Seal gaps in siding.
Did you get around to sealing that gap in your siding this summer? Take a walk around your house and fill any gaps in your siding with caulk to avoid drafts and water damage.
#5 - Remove debris from gutters.
Check your gutters for debris and remove anything you find. This will help avoid water pooling and ice jams that could cause damage to your gutters, siding, and roof.
#6 - Have a professional check your heating/cooling and ventilation system.
Each year, it’s important to have a professional inspect your heating/cooling and ventilation system. You can also use this as a marker to remember to change your furnace filter.