How to Save on Energy Costs this Winter
Winter can be a hit on your energy bill, but there are many ways you can save on your heating and other energy costs.
The first thing to do is turn your thermostat down to 68F. Every degree of extra heating will increase your energy usage a minimum of 6%. Turn down your thermostat 10-15 degrees during periods when you’re asleep or out of the house. This will save you about 10% on your heat bills.
Utilize the natural sunlight. If the sun is out and facing towards your windows attempt opening the curtains to let the sun heat your house. You can close curtains to keep the heat in at night or once the direct sunlight passes your house.
Keep your fireplace dampers closed unless you’re burning a fire. If the damper is open a draft could be sucking the warm air out of your house and up the chimney.
Before bad weather hits take some time to weatherize your house. Add weather strips to windows and doors and finish up by caulking any air gaps around pipes, windows and doors. Also take some time to add extra insulation, if needed, to your attic.
Make sure to clean your HVAC filters in the winter. It’s best to aim for replacing it every three months. Remember a dirty filter won’t let the air through which will cause the system to work harder and thus use more energy.
Besides ensuring your home is heat efficient there are many steps you can take to reduce the overall energy consumption of your house during winter months. Here are couple tips for running your appliances in the winter.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. They work most efficiently when they are full, so if needed throw some bottles of water in to take up space.
Speaking of keeping things full, only run your washer, dryer and dishwasher when they are full. This saves energy and will reduce costs.
By taking care of these simple tasks, you can save on energy usage this winter.