If you’re moving locally in Portland this winter; start off on the right foot in your new home. There are several easy steps you can take that will help save money on energy costs and make your new home a more comfortable place to live.
The first step I suggest is to check doors and windows thoroughly for drafts (don’t forget attics and basements). Any wires or pipes that enter from the exterior of your home should be inspected as well as these access points are areas of your home that are vulnerable to air leakage. Weather stripping and caulk are very effective and easy to use in sealing such leaks. If your new Portland home has a fireplace, be sure to shut the damper. If you have a fire ablaze, the damper should obviously be left open, but when there is no fire heating your home, your chimney sucks hot air out of your home causing your heater to work harder. Another way to take the work load off of your heater is to regularly replace your air filters. Reversing your ceiling fan’s blade rotation is an excellent idea also as it forces the rising warm air back down keeping your rooms cozier. I also suggest replacing old light bulbs with newer energy conserving bulbs.
These tips are just a few of many to get you started. If you have the time, do all of your winter preparations before your professional Portland movers deliver your furniture. Avoid blocking vents with furniture too as this also causes your heater to work harder and expend energy in the process. Every little bit of conservation helps keep money in your pocket, you’ll be glad you took the time to make these simple repairs!