Winter is coming! And, for most of us, that means rising energy bills are coming, too.
Like it or not, keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter doesn’t come cheap. Fortunately, though, there are lots of things you can do to minimize the damage to your bank account.
Listed below are eight awesome winter energy saving tips that will help you keep your bills low during the coldest months of the year.
1. Open Your Curtains During the Day
On sunny winter days, you can turn down the heat and use the sun’s light to warm up your home.
Open up the blinds or curtains of your south-facing windows to let the sunshine in. Even if it’s not particularly warm outside, you’ll likely find that the sunlight provides some relief from the cold without having to crank up your heater.
Remember to close your blinds and curtains once the sun goes down, though. This will help you keep the free heat inside your home during the evenings.
2. Bundle Up
If your priority is to keep your energy bills low, keep the heat turned down and bundle up in warm clothes instead.
Don’t keep it so cold that you have to wear a parka and multiple pairs of socks, of course. If your house is that cold, you could end up doing more harm than good. But, consider wearing a cozy sweater and a thick pair of socks.
Keep a couple of throw blankets on your couch so you can wrap up during the evening, too. A fluffy area rug will also help insulate your floor.
3. Adjust Your Ceiling Fans
Most people think of a ceiling fan as a tool to help cool their house down. But, did you know that you can also use your ceiling fan to keep your house warm during the winter?
Adjusting the rotation of your ceiling fan helps you control the ventilation in your house or apartment. Set them to turn clockwise during the winter months. This will trap heat inside and keeps your rooms warm even when the weather outside is frightful.
4. Use a Timer on Your Central Heater
Programming your central heater to turn on at a certain time will also help you save on your energy bills without having to put in a lot of extra effort.
Try setting it to turn on about 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning–this is typically when your house is the coldest.
Be sure to set it at a lower temperature, too. This will use less energy than turning it on at a higher temperature right when you need it.
Be sure to set your heater to turn off a certain time, too. Keeping it on all day, even when it’s at a low temperature, will still run up your heating bill more than you would like.
5. Rearrange Your Furniture
Your furniture arrangement could also be running up your energy bill.
While it’s nice and cozy to push your favorite chair right in front of the heater on a chilly day, this isn’t the best idea if saving money is your priority.
This kind of arrangement could be blocking your vents and preventing them from spreading warm air throughout the rest of your home.
Make sure none of your vents are blocked off by furniture, curtains, or damp clothes that need to dry. This will allow the heat to circulate freely through your home.
6. Check Your Insulation
Did you know that approximately 25 percent of your heat is lost through the roof of your home? If you haven’t been up to your attic in a while, now is the time for an inspection.
You can easily reduce energy loss by installing insulation in your attic or repairing the insulation that’s already there to make sure there aren’t any gaps.
Make sure your walls are thoroughly insulated, too. A lot of warm air (nearly one-third) can escape through them if you’re not careful.
7. Keep Your Furnace Clean
A clean furnace will heat your home more efficiently. This means less energy (and money) will be wasted every time you turn it on.
Be sure to check your furnace filter once per month and replace it when it starts getting dirty.
You should also reach out to a heating and cooling professional and have them come and inspect your furnace on a regular basis. This will help you ensure there’s nothing that could cause it to break when the weather gets cold, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that it’s clean and functioning properly.
8. Eliminate Drafts
Finally, make sure you don’t have any drafts in your home. What’s the point of taking all these other steps to keep your house warm if all the warm air is just going to escape through gaps in the windows or doors.
Check the windows, doorways, and floorboards to make sure you don’t have any cracks or gaps. If you find any, seal them up as soon as you can.
Most of the time, you can seal them yourself without having to spend a lot of time or money. You can buy self-adhesive seals at most hardware or home improvement stores. These seals are easy to apply and are highly effective at keeping cold air where it belongs–outside.
If you have any broken windows or large cracks in your doors, repair or replace them before winter hits. It may be pricey, but it’ll be worth it if it helps you save money on your energy bills later on.
Looking for More Winter Energy Saving Tips?
These winter energy saving tips will take you pretty far when it comes to keeping costs lower when the weather gets cold. But, if you’re looking for more advice, or if you need help getting your home winter-ready, we can help at Chill Air Concept.
We’re a 24-hour heating and cooling service with seventeen years of experience under our belts.
If you live in or around the Richardson or Plano, Texas areas, contact us today online or over the phone to request service.