A good way to reduce energy costs is to reduce or eliminate drafts. By tightening up your house, sealing up areas where air, and especially wind, can come through, it will add to your energy savings.
Usually the areas of the house the create the most drafts are in the top of the house and the bottom of the house, coming from attics and from basements or crawl spaces. During the winter, warm air wants to rise. So seal off areas around ceiling lights and fireplaces. A good investment for your fireplace would be a fireplace front that can be closed when the fireplace is not in use.
Here’s a good checklist of things to do to make your home more airtight:
- Duct registers.
- Exhaust fans.
- Electrical switch boxes and plates.
- Outside doors and windows.
- Flue pipes to water heaters and furnaces.