Heating your home during the colder winter months can be costly. Here are five easy ways to will help you save money while maintaining a warm and toasty home this season:
Seal Up Any Air Leaks
Don’t let your heat go out the door! Be mindful of doors or windows that are left open for a longer duration of time other than going in and out. Also, don’t let cold air creep in and counteract all that warm air your heating system is working hard to maintain. Check for “invisible” air leaks around your home. These are most commonly found around doors, windows, and attic entryways. Check for air leaks around these areas and seal appropriately with either caulk or weather stripping as needed.
It may seem like a small adjustment, but keeping these drafts out of your house can add up to big savings over the winter. Also, put draft blockers (homemade is great!) at the bottoms of all your exterior doors to keep your home extra cozy.
Drop The Temperature on Your Thermostat While Sleeping and While Away
This small adjustment can add up to significant savings when heating your home; and, the best part is, you won’t be all that aware of it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65 ºF is the ideal sleeping temperature for most people. Since many of us have beds dressed with comfortable blankets and pillows, we won’t even notice if the room drops a few degrees while we sleep—but our energy bills sure will! It is estimated that households can save up to 5% for every degree that is lowered on the thermostat during the winter months.
So, if you normally run your thermostat at 72 degrees at night, dropping it down to 68 ºF can save you big over time! Apply the same concept while you’re away, either at work during the day, or when you’re gone for extended periods, such as a long weekend.
Bonus Tip: A programmable thermostat is a stress-free way to keep your home’s temperatures on track, especially if you’d like to effortlessly lower temps at night and while you’re away. Consider upgrading to a programmable model if you are still using a manual thermostat.
Seal off Unused Rooms
If you have a large home, chances are that there is a room or two that goes unused or is mainly for storage. Consider how often people in your household use these rooms, and if it’s only occasionally, go ahead and get these rooms “winter ready”. There is no point in heating an unused area. Close the registers to these rooms, and keep the door shut while unoccupied, so that your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat a part of the home that isn’t used.
Enjoy the Sun
If you have sunny rooms (these are usually rooms with south facing windows) then allow the light to shine in during the daytime, which will let in natural warmth from the sun. The sun can provide a lot of heat during the daylight hours, which means that your heating system won’t need to work as hard to keep your home warm and cozy.
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