When the temperature goes down, our energy use and heating bill goes up. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for the largest energy expense in most homes. But, making a few simple adjustments around the house can help keep temperatures up and costs down.
So whether you want to ease your impact on the planet or save a few bucks, using less energy can help you do both.
Here are 5 quick tips to reduce energy consumption while keeping your home comfy:
1- Turn down the thermostat – You can easily save energy in the winter months by turning your thermostat back while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning the temperature down 10-15° for eight hours, you can save 5 to 15% a year on your heating bill.
2- Lower the temperature on your water heater– Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for about 18% of your utility bill. Turn down the temperature of your water heater and save 3-5% for every 10 degrees of setback.
3- Use the sun – Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to let the sun warm up rooms, and close them when the sun goes down to help keep heat inside.
4- Only heat rooms you use – If you have rooms you never use, like large storage areas or guest rooms, close the door and seal off the vents in those rooms. This directs air flow to the rooms you use the most, increasing energy efficiency, and could reduce heating costs up to 25%.
5- Keep heating systems clean – A dirty furnace will slow down air flow and make the whole system work harder to keep you warm. Replace filters at least once a month during heavy heating or cooling season. Monthly replacement of furnace filters can save as much as 5% on heating bills according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
What other tips and tricks do you use to stay without breaking the bank when cold weather sets in?