Winter is slowly creeping in, and the colder temperatures have already given our furnaces a workout.
Assuming we experience typical temperatures this Winter, MUD estimates on average residential customers will pay 17-18% more on their natural gas bill this winter. Add this to higher costs across the board due to inflation, and many homeowners will be feeling a pinch this year.
We can’t do much about the weather, but we can take steps to reduce costly energy loss in our homes.
The Prairie Construction team share these tips for homeowners:
- Make sure your attic is properly insulated. Without it, rising heat will escape through the roof.
- Insulation can be blown into wall cavities, which will reduce air circulation and prevent energy loss.
- Seal cracks and fill gaps around windows and doors to prevent air from escaping.
- Seal off an unused chimney with a chimney balloon inserted into the chimney, or with airtight glass doors.
- Cover air conditioner units to prevent cold air from entering the home through them.
Taking these steps will help reduce the loss of energy through your home this Winter, combatting the rising energy costs that will impact all of us.