For many, winter utility bills can be daunting. With freezing temperatures outside, your heating system has to work especially hard to keep your home comfortable. Heating in homes accounts for almost half of energy costs. Save money and reduce energy costs this winter with these practical tips.
Prevent Heat Loss
The first step to minimize energy costs this winter is to search for drafts and leaks. Inspect caulking and weather stripping on windows and doors. Repair any cracks in the seals as necessary. Check the insulation in your basement and attic—it may need replacing. Inspect your chimney and make sure the flue is shut. Your HVAC system will also have to work harder to keep up with the demand due to lost heat.
Invest in a smart thermostat to maintain temperature efficiency throughout your home. You'll save money on energy costs this winter by switching to a programmable thermostat because it will automatically adjust the temperature when you're away and while you're sleeping. Smart thermostats ensure you're not wasting energy on heat when it's not needed.
Use the Sun to Your Advantage
If you have windows that face the sun, allow that natural light to come in. Open up your drapes on a sunny day and close them at night to keep in the warmth.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Adjust your ceiling fans to turn clockwise and keep on a low speed. This will gently push down warm air that has risen without creating too much of a breeze.
Check Your Furnace Filter
Your furnace may be working harder due to a dirty and clogged filter. Inspect your furnace and cut down on unnecessary energy waste by changing the filter. Be sure to read the manual and adhere to recommendations from the manufacturer.