Winter is almost here and many North American homeowners are worried about how to keep their house warm without breaking the bank. People loathe being uncomfortable during the chilly winter months, however, the rising expense of heating a house is making the decision between going cold and a high bill difficult to make.
According to the United States Energy Information Administration, the average household expenditure for heating oil and nature gas will increase by 15 to 19 percent this winter, which spans from October 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. In contrast, projected forecasts for electricity only show a 5 percent increase in price and 13 percent for propane.
Such projections may be making many Americans nervous. However, by ditching traditional heating solutions like a force air system in favor of a more energy efficient technology, like a radiant heating system, a homeowner can reduce the expense of living in a warm environment. The use of highly conductive aluminum materials for paneling allows the technology to require less energy to produce heat - decreasing a property's monthly utility expenses.
After installing radiant heating, a homeowner can turn toward two simple solutions to drastically reduce heat loss from his or her property. They can use a combination of caulk and weather stripping to make sure every door and window is sealed firmly against its frame. The Daily Green reports that simple leaks like these can decrease home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year - possibly leading to a major increase in utility expenses.
Another option would be to install window insulation plastic for those windows that will be shut up and left alone for the entire winter. For just a few dollars a homeowner can save themselves significant amounts of energy and add a buffer against drafts that could steal the heat from a house.