Just for Fun | January 7, 2016
Top 10 Winter Energy Saving TipsIt’s common for homeowners to crank up the heat and get cozy indoors during the cold winter months. So it’s no secret that energy usage rises as seasonal temperatures drop! But with a few simple changes around your house, you can avoid wasting energy while staying warm this winter. Read our top 10 winter energy saving tips below.
- Set your thermostat temperature to 68 degrees or lower during the day, reducing it to 55 degrees at night. Consider investing in a humidifier to help you feel warmer even at lower indoor temperatures.
- Change or clean furnace filters according to manufacturer instructions. And don’t forget to schedule your annual furnace tune-up in the fall.
- Reduce your water heater to the "warm" setting at 120-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Apply weather stripping around your doors and windows, and seal any gaps around utility cut-throughs for vents, pipes, or electrical conduits.
- Mount insulated drapes or quilted curtains to block cold drafts.
- Close your fireplace damper unless a fire is burning. If you don’t use your fireplace, then plug and seal the chimney flue.
- Set your ceiling fans on clockwise at a low setting to turn to circulate warm air.
- Close and seal off vents in rooms you don’t use, and instead direct airflow towards the rooms you use most. But don’t go overboard closing vents or the system won’t function as efficiently.
- Utilize sunlight as a heat source from west-and south-facing windows during sunny days.
- Decorate for the holidays with energy-efficient LED lights instead of incandescent lights.