The winter season brings about increased energy usage, usually to combat the lower temperatures. If you wish to lower your energy bills, there are ways to make your home more energy-efficient.
You should use the sun to your advantage
. If you have windows that are south-facing, make sure that your curtains are open during the day. This will allow sunlight into your home, and provide heat naturally. This can help lower the amount of energy needed to keep your house warm. However, at night you should close the curtains to minimize the amount of cold air that enters your home through the window. Switching to energy-efficient window treatments will yield the greatest conservation of energy. These window treatments act as insulation to restrict air from entering and leaving your home.
If your home is experiencing heat loss, you may want to check your fireplace. Unless there is a fire burning, the fireplace damper should be closed. Leaving the damper open in the winter is basically the same as having a wide open window. Any air that is heated is able to escape right out of the chimney. It is a smart decision to plug and seal the chimney flue if your fireplace never sees use. However if you do use your fireplace, installing tempered safety glass doors is a good idea. You can also set up a heat-air exchange system to circulate warm air into your home. Make sure that the fireplace flue damper has a tight seal. If it is not sealed properly, energy will be wasted. You should also eliminate gaps in the fireplace hearth by adding caulk. These tips are critical for limiting the amount of energy loss caused by your fireplace.
Holidays are celebrated with lots of festive decorations, and lights are an essential part of those decorations. Between Christmas trees and outdoor lights, your home is probably spending more on lights in the winter. You can switch to LED strings of holiday lights to save energy. LED lights can also be incorporated into your home’s other light fixtures for energy savings year round. Another option is to use ENERGY STAR® certified light strings.
Adjusting your thermostat is the best way to lower your energy bill. When you are up and about in your home, lower the thermostat to the lowest possible temperature that still provides a comfortable environment for your household. Then, when you are out of the house or sleeping, lower the thermostat by ten to fifteen degrees. By doing this, it will help you save about 10% each year on your heating and cooling bills. Thermostat timers are available, so the temperature will automatically fluctuate depending on the time of day.
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