Easy Home Energy Savings Tips for the Winter

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Better Builders provides a few simple tips for the coming winter months to help cut energy costs in the home

Seattle Home Builder

Better Builder is a Seattle based home builder

Winter is right around the corner and with the change in the weather brings chills to the home and an impact on the overall cost of living. Better Builders has been building custom homes for quite a few years and has a few simple tricks to offer that will bring down energy costs and keep those chilly drafts out.

There are many ways to cut the cost of heating the home in the winter but there are a few simple things that can be done that will make a significant difference.

First- Examine the attic of the home being optimized; having good insulation in the ceiling of the home is one of the biggest factors to help keep the heat in. The rising heat will escape right through the ceiling panels if they are not properly insulated.

Second- Check for drafts on all the window sills, lighting a match or incense stick and running it along the edges of the windows will detect if a draft exists because the smoke will blow in the direction the draft is going. A simple remedy to fix this is to head to your local hardware store and purchase removable caulking, apply this to the edges of the windows where the draft is coming from. Using removable caulking will make it much simpler to remove at the end of the winter or when you move out for anyone renting a home.

Third- Check the doors for drafts, a lot of homes have poor weather stripping around the door jamb that will cause a draft. Make sure that this is either sealing the door shut properly and make sure there are not any cracks or holes in the material. Replace old stripping that looks worn or weather because this might not be holding a seal either.

Follow these steps and it can make a huge difference in the amount of heat that will escape and the cold air that will get inside the home. If you have any questions or would like to have a further inspection of your home, call your local home specialist for advice.

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Better Builders has been building high quality custom homes, remodels and commercial tenant improvement projects in the Seattle area for the past 19 years. They are a Better Business Bureau accredited Seattle builder and believe in helping their customers realize their housing goals while maintaining a sense of responsibility to their community and environment.

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