Lower Your Utility Bills This Winter and Save Money
The following 8 tips can help you to save energy and money this winter:
1. Control Air Leaks
Caulk leaky windows, add weather stripping on drafty exterior doors and inspect gaps where pipes enter the home to see if they need to be filled.
Winter time means less daylight hours and increased lighting use. Change bulbs to energy saving LED bulbs; consider using timers to curb excessive use.
3. Water heaters
Save energy by turning down the water heater to 120 degrees. If the water heater is in garage or crawl space, consider a water heater insulation blanket for additional energy savings.
4. Washing Machine
Winter often brings more loads of laundry because of all those extra layers of clothing. First, run only full loads when possible. Second, consider running all loads on cold to save up to 75% of the washer's energy use.
5. Room Temperature
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees or less. Also consider installing a programmable thermostat to control room temperatures at various times of day and when you're away from the home for longer periods.
6. Phantom Power
While still plugged in, small appliances and electronics can still use power. Unplug small appliances like coffee makers and toasters when not in use. For electronics like TV's, game consoles, etc. use a power strip that can be more accessible to turn off power to the outlet.
Have your furnace professionally inspected annually to ensure it is running properly and efficiently. Replace the filters on the unit regularly. Replacement recommendations vary by filter used. Check the manual on the HVAC system for the recommended filter and replacement intervals.
Considerable energy is loss through your attic, so if you haven't checked your attic insulation, now is a good time. Insulation recommendations vary depending on where you live. Click here for good recommendations on types and quantity based on your geography/climate.
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