Winterizing Your Home Can Save Energy Costs

By Adam Chick

January 21, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The forecast is calling for some very cold weather in the coming weeks so winterizing your home might be something for you to look into.

Winterizing your home means, in effect, to keep it warmer during the cold winter months. And by doing so, not only will your house remain warmer, but you can save an arm and a leg on energy costs.

"Nowadays with the economy the way it is everybody has to be dollar and cents conscious," said Rick Heilala, Special Services Supervisor at the Home Depot.

This Johnson City man lives in an old, drafty house. He recently added 10 inches of blown in insulation to his attic.

"It has already made a noticeable difference in that the furnace is not running anywhere near as much and the drafts are greatly reduced in the home," said Charles Snedaker of Johnson City.

He says his furnace is running much more efficiently now, turning on much less frequently. This will save money on his heating bill.

"I'm reasonably sure it will save quite a bit," Snedaker said.

New insulation can be a fairly time consuming venture, but there are cheap, fast, and efficient things you can do to cut down on heating costs.

"Something that somebody can do real quickly with the oncoming cold weather, we have film for putting over windows and patio doors," said Heilala.

Applying the film takes care of any small cracks that air might be able to seep through.

There are areas of your house that let cold air in that you might not even be aware of. They make air conditioner covers too.

"A lot of wind can blow in through a window air conditioner that you've left sitting in the window if you don't have a cover over it," said Heilala.

And of course you can still by draft stops to keep cold air from getting in under your doors.

"I live in an old farmhouse and I just about cut my heating bill in half when I put up the insulation," said Heilala.