12 Dec Tips to Help You Save Money and Energy This Winter
You should conduct an energy assessment if you want to significantly save money this winter. You should also consider making larger investments to save energy in the long term. So how can you save money this winter? Follow these tips:
Cover Drafty Windows
Does your home have drafty windows? Then use a clear plastic sheet to cover the inside during the colder months. Make sure to tightly seal the plastic to prevent cold air from getting in. You may also want to install insulating drapes that are tight-fitting on drafty windows.
Adjust the Temperature
When at home, set your thermostat to the lowest temperature that you can stand. However, when asleep try to set it between 10 and 15 degrees to save about 10 percent on your utility bills. Programmable thermostats are a great way to set back the temperature.
Find All Leaks and Seal Them
Seal any gaps around your chimney and be sure to cover the unfinished spaces behind your closets and cupboards.
Reduce Your Water Heating Cost
Water heating may account for up to 25 percent of the energy consumed in a home. To save money and energy, reduce the heat to a warm setting. This not only saves on energy, but it also prevents you from scalding your hands.
Maintain Heating Systems
Your heating system ideally should be inspected at least once a year to keep it from malfunctioning. The furnace filters also need to be replaced once each month. If you have pellet-burning or wood heaters, be sure to clean the vent frequently to prevent soot build-up. This will keep your home well-heated.
Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss
Your fireplace damper should be closed always unless a fire is burning. Keeping it open allows warm air to slip out thus making your heating and cooling system work even harder. If you do not 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.