All it takes is a little nip in the air to change the climate in your home — and change the cost of your heating bill. Before matters get bad, it’s probably time for a weatherizing check-in.
The cost of heating a house is a bit less expensive these days than in the recent past due to lower natural gas prices. Still, no one can afford to lose money and waste energy by letting leaky doors and windows go unattended.
Here is a D.I.Y. project — How to weatherize doors and windows. It’s very easy and inexpensive, too.
1. Measure the area of the door or window where you’ll be installing the weatherstripping.
2. Thoroughly clean and completely dry the surface. Using cushion-vinyl or spring-metal stripping purchased from a local home improvement store and cut the strips to proper length.
3. Apply the stripping to the latch-side, hinge-side and door jamb.
Perhaps the best demonstration of the technique needed can be found on Bobvila.com.
If there is a significant gap at the bottom of the door, you can also simply install a door sweep along the bottom of the door to block all of the frigid air. Measure the door and cut the metal sweep to length. Hold the strip to the door and mark the points for screws. Then, drill the strip or sweep into the door.
How to shop for a good gas deal
1. Compare prices. Go to www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/pricecard.asp and click on the appropriate month. Compare standard prices, not one-month-only teaser rates.
2. Compare track records. Go to www.psc.state.ga.us/consumer_corner/cc_gas/scorecard.asp for information on complaints against marketers.
3. Customers can switch marketers once a year with no penalty.
4. Already locked in? Ask your marketer what penalties you’ll pay for canceling a contract, to see if switching is worth it.
5. Call the marketer you choose. The marketer will do the rest.
Have you weatherized your home? How much of a difference did it make in your monthly bill? Have you shopped around for a lower natural gas rate?