Tips and Tricks to Save on Energy Costs During the Winter
From spending money on gifts and traveling this holiday season, the last thing you should worry about is your energy costs. Taking these simple and inexpensive actions can help reduce energy, save costs, and feel stress-free during the winter months!
How to Save on Energy Costs This Winter:
- Take advantage of the sun. During the day, open any curtains to allow sunlight into your home. This will help heat your home naturally.
- Bundle up with warm accessories. When you get chilly, instead of turning your heat up, put on a warm sweater and socks. It is also good to keep blankets around.
- Cover drafty windows. Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet to cover your windows. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly. This will help weatherize drafty windows. Another great way to help reduce drafts is to make sure to cover single pane windows with storm windows.
- Adjust the temperature. If you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as comfortable. When you are away or sleeping, turn your thermostat back 10 degrees – this can save you 10% on your heating bills. If you are not home, DO NOT turn your heat off as this could lead to frozen pipes and costly damage.
- Reduce heat loss from the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, make sure your damper is closed (unless you are burning a fire). Keeping the damper open is like having a window open.
- Find and seal leaks. Add caulk or weather stripping to help seal leaks around doors and windows.
- Maintain your heating system. Schedule service for your heating system yearly to make sure your system is operating efficiently.
- Lower water heating costs. As stated by the U.S. Department of energy,water heating makes up about 18% of the energy consumed in a home. Turn the temperature of your water heater down to a warmer setting.
- Keep radiators clear. Move draperies and furniture away from radiators to help circulate the heat throughout the room.