Everyone wants to stay warm and cozy this winter but no one wants a skyrocketing energy bill. Don’t let home heating scare your budget! Below are helpful energy saving tips fit for the winter season.
Lay down a rug. When your feet feel cold, your entire body starts to chill. Rugs add up to floor insulation and help keep you warm as well.
Adjust the temperature. You can save as much as 10% on your heating bill when you lower your thermostat setting by a degree or two, especially when you go to sleep. You can get extra warmth by putting on sweaters and covering yourself with a blanket.
Don’t block air vents. Keep furniture and appliances away from supply and return air vents to maintain proper air flow. If air vents are blocked, less heat is felt inside the room causing you to raise the temperature until the desired temperature is achieved. It can also add strain on your heating system.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be set to lower the temperature at night and after you leave for work. You can save up to 10% on your heating by simply programming your thermostat to get the right comfort when you’re home and reduce energy loss when you’re away.
Find and seal leaks. Leaks are major sources of heat loss that is causing your energy bill to rise. Find air leaks and seal them by adding caulk or weather stripping. Leaks are commonly found on doors and windows, gaps around chimneys and unfinished spaces in the closets.
Fix your chimney. When you’re not using your fireplace, close the damper. An open damper is like an open window, allowing cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape. Install a tempered glass door and heat exchangers to help retain the heat in the room when using the fireplace.
Enjoy the sun. Make use of the natural heat from the sun. When the sun is facing right through your window, open the curtain and blinds to let in free-heat. Don’t forget to close them when the sun sets.
Maintain your heating systems. Sometimes the cost of a very high energy bill for the winter season is due to a poorly maintained heating system. This is because the unit is working too hard for longer periods to reach the temperature set in your thermostat. Maintenance check ensures that there are no hindrances in the proper operation of the components.
Worried about your energy bill this winter season? Check out more energy saving tips from Albers A/C & Heating.