WINTER PREP: EPB energy expert shares tips for weatherizing your home
Have you prepped your home for winter weather? As the temperatures drop, energy bills often rise.
Ron Jones, an energy expert for EPB, talks energy savings day in and day out. He says not everyone knows how to keep their bills low.
"Every day I go out to homes where people are calling in because they say their utility bill has increased $100, $200, and they want to know what's going on,” Jones said. “It's the same story every time."
Jones says dropping temperatures certainly don't help.
"It gets colder and you run the heat up higher, then yes, you're going to see an increase,” Jones said.
He has some easy tips to weatherize your home, so you'll be ready for winter.
First things first, check the weather stripping around your doors. You shouldn't be able to see cracks of light. If the stripping has become flat, bend it out slightly with a screwdriver. Don't forget to check on the windows too.
“Make sure that your windows are sealed real good, that the caulking and everything is ok,” Jones said.
Insulation is the next step. Jones says you should check that all wood and beams in your attic are covered.
“Have the right amount of insulation in your attic because that's the blanket over your house,” he said.
But the number one energy drain is heat. Heat and air make up 55% of your energy bill.
Jones recommends setting your heat to 68 degrees in the winter for max savings. He says if you get ready now, you'll be able to keep warm without wasting cold hard cash.
To find out more about your energy usage and find ways to cut costs, EPB will come out and do a free energy evaluation in your home.