7 Energy Saving Tips for Winter
With the winter months quickly approaching, now is the time to make some small changes to your home to reduce energy costs. Consider these easy tips to help with your energy bill this winter.
Adjust your thermostat
Decrease your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees at night or when you’re not home to save on your heating bills. A programmable thermostat can also make it easy to manage the temperature in your home for maximum efficiency.
Seal air leaks
Use caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows to keep the heat in. You can also use thick, plastic film to seal the inside of your windows during the cold months.
Lower holiday lighting costs
Use LED holiday lights which use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional lighting. LED lights are also less resistant to breakage which makes them a safer alternative.
Use the sun for heat
During the day open your curtains on your south-facing windows to bring extra heat into your home. You can also use thick curtains that can help to keep in the heat when the sun goes down.
Maintain your furnace
Check your furnace filter monthly and replace it when it’s dirty. Keeping your furnace and vents maintained can reduce your energy costs significantly. Also be sure to keep your vents clear of furniture or appliances.
Add moisture to the air
The inside of your home can become dry during the winter months. By adding a humidifier to your home you can add moisture to the air making it feel warmer and more comfortable.
Use your ceiling fans
By reversing your ceiling fans so they spin clockwise, you can have more control over ventilation. Adjusting your ceiling fan to spin clockwise on a low setting will help to gently push the warm air down.
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