Is your home optimized for energy efficiency this winter? If not, the cold temperatures of winter can drastically increase your energy bills. However, there are a few things that homeowners can do to help save energy while staying warm. Here are some energy-saving tips to try!
Get an Audit
It’s worth getting your home audited by your local utility company or an independent agency. The audit will show you all of the areas where your home could be improved, and you may start to implement the recommended solutions as you are able. This should be your first step and is one of the best ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Suggestions may include adding insulation and sealing ducts.
New Technology = Better Performance
Wood burning fireplaces can be a source of heat loss. If possible, opt for a woodstove insert with heatilator or consider converting an existing wood burning fireplace to a sealed gas fireplace with heatilator.
As outlined in our previous blog on humidifiers, installing a whole house humidifier will improve the comfort and efficiency of your home’s heating system.
Another easy way to save energy is to install a programmable thermostat, which automatically adjusts your home’s temperature. This valuable tool allows you to conserve energy when you’re not at home, or after bedtime, by lowering your home’s temperature and then returning it to a warmer level before you arrive home or rise in the morning. The simple adjustment of adding an extra blanket or wearing warmer pajamas will make a noticeable difference in your monthly utility bills!
Check Your Rates
If you heat your home with natural gas, you can lock in a rate per therm over a period of twelve months. It’s best to do this in the early winter before temperatures plunge and demand increases. Call your utility company to ensure you’re getting the best rate.
Maintain Your HVAC Unit & Appliances
Periodic maintenance ensures that your HVAC system and appliances are operating at peak efficiency. Unplug rarely used appliances and be sure to vacuum the coils of your refrigerator every few months. Clean and replace your furnace filter regularly, and consider investing in seasonal (fall and spring) checkups on your system from your service provider.
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