7 Energy (and Money) Saving Tips for those long Winter Months!
It’s not officially winter yet, but Mother Nature sure is acting like it. We’re just the first few days into November and just got a taste of a few inches of the white stuff! Likely, it won’t stick around long, but there is definitely more on the way. This time of year I pay extra attention to our energy use and the utility bills. Here are 7 cost-effective ways to save energy during the colder months!
1. Install a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats are an efficient way to automatically control the heat when you are not at home or overnight while you are sleeping. Keeping the temperature of your home at a lower setting while you are away or tucked in for the night is a great way to reduce your heating bills!
2. Check for drafts
If you live in an old drafty house you may need to seal air leaks or install additional insulation. Consider getting a certified energy auditor to assess your house and make suggestions on where you could use improvements.
3. Repair with caulking and weather-stripping
Loose windows, gaping window frames or doors let warm air out and cold air in! Install weather-stripping around leaky frames or doors and caulk cracks or leaks around window frames.
4. Install storm windows and doors
While this can be a considerable investment up front, installing storm windows and doors will pay for itself (eventually). Keeping cold air out and preventing moisture from collecting on windows will reduce your utility bill and protect your home.
5. Clean and close your fireplace
A fireplace while beautiful is not an efficient heat source. Be sure to close your fireplace flue when it’s not in use to keep drafts out. And, an annual fireplace inspection by a professional chminey sweep is a good safety tip too!
6. Use drapes
Lots of uncovered window during the day let the warmth of the sun in, but at night be sure to close all your drapes to reduce drafts at night!
7. Find out if you qualify
There are a multitude of different Weatherization Assistance programs available. Be sure to look into them and see if you qualify for help. You can learn how and where to apply for assistance in your state at Energy.gov. And, if you are purchasing new, energy saver appliances, don’t miss out on any tax credits for those energy improvements!
Are you ready for those cold winter months?