8 Tips for more energy efficiency during these colder months
1. Install weather stripping on your exterior doors.
Make sure your exterior doors are sucking your conditioned air out the closed door. Seal that pneumonia hole with some fresh new weather stripping.
2. Seal attic air leaks.
Don’t let air (or moisture get in your attic) pull back insulation and check to make sure you don’t have any air leaks costing you money or making you sick.
3. Have a fireplace? Close the damper!
Heating or cooled air files up the chimney when you leave the fireplace damper. Make it a habit to close the damper when your fireplace in not in use. Just remember to reopen it before you light the next fire.
4. Install a programmable thermostat.
According to EnergyStar, a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 a year on heating and cooling fuel costs whether you have an electric, natural gas or propane fueled system. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat and don’t want to replace your existing one set the temperature manually and leave it alone. Get chilly snuggle up with your sweetheart and toss on your favorite hoodie and fuzzy socks.
5. Seal Furnace Ducts.
Have a professional, like us, look over your duct work and make sure you aren’t losing heat and raising your utility bills.
6. Replace your heating & cooling system filters monthly
Yeah, we know we mention this a lot; but this is so important for your system to run like it is supposed to. When you don’t change those filters, you are choking your system and costing yourself money in energy efficacy loss.
7. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
Typically, water heaters are set at 140 degrees. By lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees you will see some fuel savings and reduce the chance of accidental burns.
8. Put up window coverings.
You’ll be surprised how much insulation is actually provided by window coverings such as curtains, drapes, shades and even mini blinds. Added plus you get to add a touch of style to your room. Keep them open during the day, especially on your southern facing windows to help heat your home. And at night close them up for that added insulation from the cold winter nights.