Here in Regina, the last week of weather has been just cold enough for me to break down and turn my furnace on first thing in the morning to heat up the house a bit. During the day my south windows still pick up enough solar heat to avoid turning the furnace on overnight for now. Yet this also has me thinking about how well my new furnace is going to do with its first full winter in front of it.
In order to help it along I’m going to do several little projects to continue reducing the air leaks around my house. First off I’ve picked up some caulking to seal around a few of my windows. Then I’m going to pick up some plastic film to create a air gap for most of the windows in the house. I’ve also added some insulation to one of attic hatches and I’m going to upgrade the other attic hatch as well.
What I find interesting about doing little projects like this is how they really add up over time. They don’t cost that much and only take a half hour at most to complete a project, but each one brings me closer to a lower heating bill and a much more comfortable house. My goal is to drop my average monthly heating (natural gas) bill below $100/month.