For many, itís our favorite time of year: the fall. For others, itís the time of year where you plan for your energy bill to go through the roof. No matter what you do, it seems like you canít control your bills quite as much as you did in the summer. Here are some energy saving tips that can help make those cold winter months a bit more bearable.
1. Open your curtains during the day.The windows that allow the most sunshine into your home should be left open during daytime. Leaving these windows open for just a few hours every day can help reduce how much you need to heat your home in the winter.
2. Lower the thermostat inside your home.By layering up, your home can stand to have the temperature 5 degrees lower. A small decrease in your homeís overall temperature can mean big savings on your next bill. You can try this during the day when everyone is gone and see if your family can stand the difference at night while everyone is sleeping.
3. Avoid blocking heat vents.Furniture has a tendency to get moved around during the year without us even realizing that it could be blocking a vent. Do a quick sweep of your home and make sure no vents are being blocked by large pieces of furniture.
4. Get an energy audit for your home.This is the easiest way to find ways to save money around your home. A home professional can come to your home and examine how efficient your home is. They can then provide you with a list of ways to become more efficient (even better than this list).
5. Maintain your HVAC system.Like your car, your HVAC system needs yearly maintenance. We recommend getting your system professionally looked at every fall before the cold winter temperatures set in. A dirty system can cost you a breakdown or a total system failure if not diagnosed and treated properly.
6. Examine your fireplace closely.Like your HVAC system, your fireplace needs maintenance as well. Make sure itís properly fitted with additions to ensure efficiency. If you are looking for the fireplace to warm your entire home, speak to a contractor about an exchange system installation.
7. Switch to LED lights for an efficiency win. Your old holiday lights take up so much energy they can do some real damage your bill. Replacing them with LEDs, which take up much less energy and are ultimately more energy efficient. Keeping your lights on a timer will also help keep your costs under control.
8. Install a programmable thermostat for ultimate efficiency.If you are stuck manually adjusting your thermostat, there is a good chance you are losing more money than you even realize. A programmable thermostat remedies that problem by letting you set the temperature in your home at all hours of the day. The initial investment is small and can save you hundreds of dollars a year.