Tips for Saving Money this Winter
According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling costs account for about 48 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Luckily, there are some easy adjustments that you can make to drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on energy. Here’s a list that we compiled just for you:
Use Sun Power
An easy—and free—fix is to open the curtains on your sun-facing windows during the winter to bring heat into your home at no cost to you. Just remember to close the curtains when the sun goes down, to keep all that heat inside throughout the night.
This is another easy fix to save on your bills. Instead of turning up the heat and cost, put on a cozy sweater, flannel pants, or warm socks. Keep throw blankets that you can cozy up to on the couch, and add rugs to insulate your wood floors.
Control the Airflow
Typically, homes that have better ventilation and air flow are more energy efficient. A great way to control the airflow of your apartment is to strategically use your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans that spin clockwise will help trap heat inside your home during the winter and you can then turn your ceiling fan on a lower setting to gently push hot air back down.
Lower Your Thermostat Temperature
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. If you find yourself getting to cold during the night, try investing in flannel sheets or a thicker comforter.
Heat What You Use
A lot of people will have rooms that they don’t use year-round, such as guest rooms or large storage areas. The best way to save is to seal off these types of rooms, to direct the flow of hot air to the rooms you are in most frequently.
Maintain Your Furnace
Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained reduces energy consumption and helps you save by ensuring that your furnace is in top condition. We always recommend checking your furnace filter periodically and replacing it to maintain efficiency. If you still need to schedule your furnace maintenance this year, call us today at (414) 704-0129!
Consider a Humidifier
The air in your home can become very dry, especially in the winter. Humid air will feel warmer and hold heat better, which is where a humidifier comes in handy. Another option is to cultivate a collection of house plants, which will make your home feel warmer.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Thousands of dollars are lost due to escaping heat from improper insulation. You can easily get some inexpensive insulation from your local home improvement store to cover all those openings that are costing you money. One of the cheapest options is to use weather stripping around doors and windows, as it can be easily applied.
Reduce with LED lights
This holiday season, try using LED lights as they consume 75 percent less energy and last much longer than traditional, incandescent lighting. In addition, you should always turn off and unplug your holiday lights before going to bed or leaving the house since they’ll continue to draw power even when not in use.
Limit Exhaust Fan Use
Exhaust fans that are in your bathroom or kitchen are designed to pull hot air from the room and move it outside the home. Try to use exhaust fans as little as possible to conserve the heat that you can, and make sure to shut them off when you’re not using them.
Just using one of these tips can help reduce your energy costs in your Union Grove home, but if you have an older, inefficient furnace it could be costing you more than you’d like. If you are interested in getting a quote for a furnace replacement, contact Midwest Heating & Cooling today!