Tips for Energy Efficiency at Home This Winter
As beautiful as the falling leaves and snow on the ground can be, if there’s one thing that most of us do not like about the fall and winter seasons, it’s the significant hike that we tend to notice on our electricity bills. Thankfully, there are some things that we all can do to make our homes more energy efficient. If you would like a few tips, we have five for you:
Watch the temperature. Contrary to popular belief, you actually have more control over the temperature of your home and the bill that follows than you might think that you do. Investing in an electronic thermostat helps to keep your settings regulated. Just make sure that when you’re home during daytime hours that the temperature is as low as comfortably possible. Then, when it’s time to retire for the evening, you can turn it up about 15 degrees. Just by applying this rule alone, you can save around 10 percent on your monthly bill.
Prep your windows and doors. Poor insulation in the attic and basement and drafty windows and doors are the cause for a lot of chilly household experiences. If you notice that your insulation has some tears, you should probably call a contractor to come and inspect it. As it relates to your windows and doors, look for small holes that can be closed up with caulking. If you can invest in some double-pane windows, it really is a great long-term option. If you can’t afford it this year, some heavy-duty clear plastic sheets that you can tape to the inside of your window frames are a suitable alternative. Also, don’t forget to purchase some thermal curtains or drapes as well.
Get your heating system serviced. One mistake that a lot of people tend to make is to not put getting their heating system serviced annually on their list of household things to do. However, whether it’s Cincinnati heating, Dallas heating or heating in Rhode Island, just like any other electrical thing in the home, it needs to be periodically checked to make sure that it’s running optimally. Definitely make that a priority this winter.
Monitor your water. Steaming hot showers aren’t nearly as much of a priority in the summer as it is I the winter months. If you want to keep your water bills down, turn the temperature of your water heater down to around 120F. That alone can save you up to 25 percent on your monthly water bill.
Get a handle on your Christmas lights. Sure, they’re pretty to look at, but Christmas lights can definitely do a number on your electricity bill. That’s why it’s a good idea to purchase ones that are LED lighting strings (you can get a list of manufacturers that make energy-efficient lights on the Energy Star website). It’s also really smart to have them set on a timer. People may be looking at them at 9pm, but come midnight, it really is OK for them to go off until the next evening; if for nothing else, than the sake of you and your next utility bill.