Conserve Energy and Save Money
With the temperatures dropping, you may be worried about a soon-to-come snowy commute or potential holiday season stress. No matter what is on your mind, before you know it, your winter energy bills will be pouring in. Some of your energy use may be hard or even impossible to curb, but there are plenty of things you can do now to prepare your home for the cold weather. Check out these tips to help you conserve energy and save money during the cold weather this year.
1. Energy Audit
You can hire professionals or speak with your local energy company about getting an Energy audit to evaluate your space for efficiency. Your home can be tested for energy loss, and a report can be generated highlighting any issues in your home. Some companies offer an audit for free.
2. Proper tune-up
Energy costs are often closely related to your heating system. If you have inefficiencies with your furnace, the price can jump even higher. Every fall, it can be a good idea to change or clean your heating filters and check on them once a month while the system is being used heavily.
The biggest way to cut back this winter is keeping outside air out and inside air in. Look for gaps and cracks in your foundation, windowpanes, and door frames. You can also look for places to add insulation, from the attic to the pipes.
4. Seal the leaks
Apply stripping around windows and doors to prevent cold air from seeping into your home. You can even put insulation film on your windows to further warm your home. Lastly, make sure the damper on your fireplace chimney is closed when you’re not using it.
A smart thermostat allows you to set lower temperatures at certain days and times. You can leave it warm for the morning and when you get home from work, while letting it drop while you’re out of the house. You can also try setting the temperature slightly lower and instead put on a sweater.
6. Check the lights
The less you take advantage of (free!) sunshine, the more electricity you will need to use. There is no time like the present to buy some CFL and LED lights for your home. Also take advantage of the sunlight when it is there by keeping shades and curtains open during the day, especially on the south side of your home. Then close them when the sun goes down to keep the heat in.
Even if you don’t have the money or time to institute all of these energy- and money-saving tips. Preparing your home for winter can make you more comfortable both physically and economically.