Most of us shudder when we think of the hefty heating costs that come with the winter season. However, cutting down on energy bills should not be a herculean task.
How to Save on Energy Costs This Winter
Here are ten useful tips to help you reduce your energy consumption this winter:
- Turn down your thermostat. Do you know you can save up to 10 percent annually on the heating bills by just turning the thermostat down ten to fifteen degrees for at least eight hours? Invest in a warm comforter and flannel sheets for your bed during the night.
- Keep yourself warm. Saving on heating costs can be as simple as holding out and just wearing warm clothes during the warmer parts of winter. So, instead of turning on the heat, try to bundle up first!
- Use the sun as your source of free heat. Aside from being a source of Vitamin D, the sun can also be used as a free source of heat. Don’t be afraid to open your curtains during winter so as to let the heat in. When the sun goes down, be sure to close them back up in order to avoid the heat from escaping.
- Shorten the time you spend in the shower. Showers use up to two-thirds of the heating cost in your home. By reducing the time we spend in the shower, we can save a bundle this winter.
- Instead of heating all the rooms in your home, heat only those that you are currently using. We may be tempted to heat the whole house in order to curb the cold weather, but this tends to lead to higher energy bills. It is advisable to close and even seal off the vents in rooms that we rarely use. This strategy will direct the airflow to the rooms that you use the most.
- Ensure regular maintenance of the furnace. Your furnace should be cleaned and unblocked from time to time to enable unobstructed and clean airflow throughout the house. You also need to check the furnace filters as well as the vents every month and replace them as needed.
- During these drier months, it’s very common to utilize a humidifier to bring some moisture into the air. Consider using a warm mist humidifier during the winter months to assist your furnace in heating up your home.
- As the nights grow longer, consider the use of LED lights instead of incandescent lights. LED lights use 75% less energy and can last for a very long time. Additionally, these lights emit less heat and are resistant to breakage. To further save more energy, ensure you unplug the lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
- If you were unhappy with last winter’s energy bills, consider fortifying your home’s insulation system. A lack luster insulation system or leaky system can avalanche your bank account in a heartbeat. Installing an efficient and effective insulation system can keep your family warm and comfortable this winter.
- Turn off lights to eliminate wasted energy. Avoid leaving the lights on in unoccupied rooms. Turn off the ventilating fans in the kitchen and bathroom and ensure you turn off any other appliances while they are not in use. Always shut off your exhaust fans when you are done using them.