As we get into the new year, we are going to start seeing some colder weather and thus some higher heating bills. Luckily, we've had a pretty mild winter so far and here in Georgia, we've really only had one strong cold snap. Something tells me more is on the way so I have once again started to look for ways to keep the heat in and the cold out.
One of the major culprits for heat loss in the home is the chimney. A quick and easy fix to a leaky chimney is a Chimney Balloon. They run anywhere from $35-$50 and can sometimes pay for themselves on the first month's heating bill. There aren't too many energy efficiency fixes that will return the intial investment as quickly as a chimney balloon. It is estimated that a slight leak in a chimney can result in around $200 in lost heat over the course of a winter. A large or severe leak can result in much more.
The balloon is extremely simple. Basically, it is inflated inside the chimney and acts as a plug to keep the cold air from sneaking in. Most of the chimney plugs have a failsafe built in to automatically melt when and if an owner forgets to take it out before lighting up a fire.
This efficiency fix is highly recommended and can be purchased here.