8 Ways To Save Money (and Energy) This Winter
We all know that winter means colder temps and higher energy bills.
Here are 8 ways that you can help lower your bills and save money, without sacrificing your comfort.
- Lower your thermostat at night. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. Adding a warm comforter and flannel sheets to your bed will help keep you warm while you sleep.
- Keep your furnace clean and unblocked. Check your furnace filter monthly, and replace it when it gets dirty. Also, keep your furnace and vents properly maintained. This will reduce energy consumption and help you save. Annual furnace maintenance will ensure your furnace is clean and ready for the season. Call your Local Heating & Cooling Expert TODAY!
- Add moisture to the air in your home with a humidifier. During the winter months, the air in your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
- Take advantage of ceiling fans. The better the ventilation and airflow in your home, the more energy efficient it will be in winter and summer. The ceiling fans in your home give you more control over your ventilation. They can be used to achieve better airflow; counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer and clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.
- Utilize the sun as a heat source for your home. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to trap the heat inside.
- Bundle up with cozy blankets and accessories. One of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill! Instead of turning the heat up, put on a cozy winter sweater and warm socks. Also, keep throw blankets on your couch.
- Consider additional insulation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold air in homes without proper insulation. Add insulation and cover up all those areas where heat might escape. Start with foam weather stripping for your doors and windows; it’s cheap and is extremely easy to apply.
- Use exhaust fans only as needed. Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom will pull the hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your home. It’s best to use exhaust fans sparingly and shut them off when you’re done with them.