How energy efficient is your home?

The seasons are changing and so are the temperatures! As your family migrates indoors for the winter, you want to keep them happy and warm. But not everyone prepares their home for the coldest season properly often forgetting to put weatherstripping down, remove air conditioning window-units, or simply neglecting to put draft guards down.

Failure to properly prepare your home can result in big energy and money losses each winter. Do you know how much energy your home wastes?

What percentage of your home's heat can escape through gaps in windows and doors?

A. 5%
B. 15%
C. 25%
D. 35%

The answer is C., 25%.

Leaky window panes and cracks in door frames allow copious amounts of heat (or air conditioning in the summer) to escape from your house. The average home loses nearly 25% of it's heat through these gaps. Not only does that mean you're spending more on your electricity bill, but you're also using more energy than necessary to heat your home.

Don't worry! Filling in these gaps and cracks can be as simple as putting down draft guards under your doors or installing weatherstripping during the coldest months. See what other measures you can take to keep your home warm this winter.

In addition to sealing cracks and gaps in windows and doors, there are many other measures you can take to make sure your home's heat stays inside. Installing a programmable thermostat can save you up to 12% a year on your energy bills. Also, performing regular maintenance and insulating your home properly help you make sure your home is always running efficiently. Check out our green tip on buttoning up your home this winter season!