12 Dec Tips to Help You Save Money and Energy This Winter
You should conduct an energy assessment if you are looking to save a substantial amount of money this winter. You may also want to consider making larger investments to save energy in the long run. So how can you save money this winter? Follow our tips:
Cover Drafty Windows
If your home has drafty windows, put up clear plastic sheets to cover the inside during the cold months. Be sure the plastic is tightly sealed to stop cold air from getting in. You can also install insulating drapes that are tight-fitting on your drafty windows.
Adjust the Temperature
When you’re home, ensure that your thermostat is set on the lowest temperature that you can stand. However, when you’re asleep set it between 10 and 15 degrees to save approximately 10 percent on your energy bills. Programmable thermostats are great for setting back the temperature.
Find All Leaks and Seal Them
Seal all gaps around the chimney and cover the unfinished spaces behind closets and cupboards.
Reduce Your Water Heating Cost
Water heating may account for up to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your house. To save on money and energy, turn down the heater to a warm setting. This not only saves you energy, but it also stops you from scalding your hands.
Maintain Heating Systems
Your heating system should be inspected every year to keep it from malfunctioning. The furnace filters need to be replaced once every month. If you have pellet-burning or wood heaters, make sure to clean the vent often to prevent soot build-up. This will keep your home well-heated.
Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss
Your fireplace damper should never be open unless a fire is burning. Keeping it open allows warm air to escape and forcing your heating and cooling system to work that much harder. If you don’t use the fireplace, make sure that the chimney flue is sealed.
For more tips on how to save money and energy while keeping your family warm during winter, contact Airtron today.