The “Days of Shivery” are back!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in News | 0 comments

The Farmers’ Almanac says that the 2013-2014 Winter season is going to be one of the toughest we’ve seen for a while. Our region of the nation is expected to experience below average temperatures with above average levels of precipitation for the majority of the Winter season.

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What does this mean for heating your home? It means that this Winter is most likely going to be the most expensive Winter that you’ve been through in your home – not only is this weather outlook a sign of this, but gas and electric rates are on the rise. Most electric customers have seen two to four increases in the last 2 years or so, with each of them being 5-10%. These increases are having substantial effects on your heating costs.

What can be done? Well, we have to take into consideration the things that we have control over. Obviously, we don’t have any control over what the weather is going to be like. And, we don’t really have a say in whether or not the electricity providers hit us with an increase. So… our locus of control basically lies solely in how energy efficient our home is. Here is a list of things to check in your home that can really have an impact on your home’s overall energy efficiency:

  • An updated heating system, heat pump, etc.
  • Insulated duct work
  • Insulated water heaters
  • Energy efficient doors and windows
  • Proper and in-good-condition seals around doors and windows
  • Caulking and air sealing around doors, windows, and ceiling and wall protrusions
  • Properly insulated attic areas (R-50)
  • Properly insulated crawl spaces (R-30)
  • Properly insulated exterior walls and rim joists (R-13 to R-21)

There are certainly other areas of your home that can impact your home’s energy efficiency, but these are a few that can easily be checked and improved. Take a look at our products and services insulation page to see what all we do. We offer FREE ESTIMATES for all of our insulation services, and you can request one right here, online.

To get more information on the Farmers’ Almanac 2013-2014 Winter forecast, or to read the full “Days of Shivery” article, click here.