Tips To Stay Warm And Save Money
With the chill in the air and snowy days on the horizon, we’re in our scarves and gloves wishing we could rewind back to summer. Since winter is sadly inevitable, it’s time to think about prepping your home for the season. If you’re a homeowner, you know energy bills can skyrocket this time of year. Don’t know where to start? Here’s our advice:
All the warm air your furnace produces travels through air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and ups the energy needed to heat your home. Changing the air filters once a month instead of every three months will allow the warm air to have an unrestricted flow.
DODGE THE DRAFTS
If there are drafts in your home, you could be wasting 5–30% of your energy consumption. Drafty, inefficient windows are a huge culprit, and if you have older windows, it’s likely they’re not keeping the cold air out. Stop at the hardware store, pick up a window insulation kit, and put that plastic up over your windows. Kits only cost a few dollars and you’ll save exponentially on your energy bills. For drafty doors, get a draft blocker that slides underneath the door to block any gaps…or just use a towel! You don’t want any drafts to fool your thermostat into kicking the heat on more than necessary.
DEGREES OF SEPARATION
Why pay for what you don’t use? For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you’ll save between 1–3% on your heating bill. It’s easy to leave your home without turning down the heat, but remembering to lower the temp is one of the surest ways to save some cash. Most households shell out 50–70% of their energy budgets on heating and cooling.
CLOSE THE GAPS
Take a close look around your home at places where two different building materials meet up, such as corners, around the chimney, where pipes and wires exit, and along the foundation. Use caulking or weatherstripping to seal things up tight. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5–30% a year — which means it pays to seal up gaps.
SPIN THE RIGHT WAY
Most homeowners don’t think about using the ceiling fan during the winter. There is a switch above the fan blades that reverses the rotation; by running your fan clockwise at a low speed during the winter, cold air is pulled up into the ceiling and warm air is forced downward into the room. This can cut monthly heating costs by up to 10%!
Put in a little work now and save your dollars all winter long!
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