For many, winter is an enjoyable time of year. The holiday season is in full swing, family comes to visit and there are perfect conditions for snow sports and activities. However, the winter can also bring with it higher energy costs. In fact, for some households, the monthly billing can increase by about $30, according to the Kotzebue Electric Association. If you live in an area where winter comes with a vengeance, these energy-saving tips could help you cut costs.
Take Extra Steps Around the House
There are a number of little things you can do around your home that will make it more energy efficient. For example, weatherstripping your windows is a simple, inexpensive solution. All you need is a weatherstripping kit from your local hardware store. This will help keep drafts from entering your home through gaps in the windows. You can also switch your ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction. The movement will help push warm air downward.
Have Your Heating System Regularly Serviced
Your heating system is a vital part of making sure you home is a comfortable temperature in the winter. Before the season gets into full swing, have an HVAC specialist come to your home and inspect the unit to ensure that it will function as its supposed to all season long. It is also recommended that you change your furnace filters every few months to prevent blocked air flow and damage to the heating system.
Use the Sun to Your Advantage
As a homeowner, you should think of the sun as a free source of energy. Using the sun’s heat to your advantage in the winter can help cut energy costs immensely. During the day, open all blinds and pull back all curtains in your home to allow the sun to shine in. The light will help keep the house warmer and reduce the strain on your heating system. If your home is well-insulated, it may even retain some of this stored-up heat through the night.
Be Smart with the Thermostat
When you start shivering, it can be tempting to reach for the thermostat and crank up the heat. Yet, that is one of the causes for higher energy bills. Before you turn the temperature up, encourage your family to get cozy and bundle up. Wool socks, hooded sweatshirts and sweat pants can all help keep your warmer without having to adjust the temperature. You can also save by turning the temperature down during the day when the sun is out and saving the higher temperatures for the night.
Though you may be cringing from the cold, winter should not make homeowners recoil at the thought of higher energy costs. There are plenty of steps you can take to help conserve energy and lower your bills. For a free energy consultation, contact us today.