Before the temperature drops, savvy property owners winterize their homes and businesses with low-cost measures that net hundreds of dollars in savings.
It pays to seal warm air inside. Better insulation, with a higher resistance to heat transfer (or R-value), will help stop heat loss through walls, floors and the roof. Call a pro for options. For the do-it-yourselfer, a few hours doing simple weather-stripping around windows and doors can reduce heat loss by 25 percent, while new Energy Star® qualified windows and doors can cut heating costs by another 15 percent.
Next, tune up your heating system. Have a technician test and seal leaky ducts to cut waste by as much as 25 percent. Change your filter every month to help your system run efficiently, and set your thermostat for 68°F when the building is occupied – and 10° lower when it’s not.
And it’s not too early to think about saving on summer cooling costs. Autumn is the best time to plant a shade tree, which can shield your home from direct sun and give your AC a break.
Many energy efficiency upgrades are eligible for 2011 federal tax credits and PWP’s ongoing rebates. Go to www.cityofpasadena.net/rebates for more details.