Improving the energy efficiency of their property is something every homeowner wants and aims to do. While this can help you save some money on your monthly energy bills, it’s also one of the best ways to do your bit for the planet. Utilities tend to be one of the biggest monthly expenses in most households.The good news is that making a few adjustments in your home can go a long way in helping you reduce your energy costs. Here are some of the best ways to save energy costs during wintertime.
- Make Use Of The Sun
When it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature in the indoor areas of your home, the sun should be the point of focus, throughout the year. During winter time, simply open up all the curtains on South-facing windows. This is one of the best ways to bring in completely free heat into your house. Similarly, draw the curtains when the sun sets. This will help you keep the heat indoors.
- Wear Warm Clothing
One of the easiest ways to stay warm during winter time is to bundle up with warm clothing. This is an excellent way to save on your heating bills. Rather than increasing the temperature on your heating system, simply wear some cozy winter clothing and accessories such as socks or sweaters etc. You can place a few blankets on your couch to make it warm and cozy. Add more insulation to the flooring by placing area rugs.
- Make Use Of Ceiling Fans
When your home has a better airflow and ventilation that improves its energy efficiency, both during the summer months as well as winter time. If you have ceiling fans in different rooms of your home, it gives you far more control over regulation than you’d imagine. When you set the fans to the clockwise position during the winter months, it helps keep the rooms warmer.
- Turn Your Thermostat Down During the Night
As per the U.S DoE, you can easily save up to 10% of energy annually, by turning the thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for about eight hours. It’s a good idea to invest in warm comforters and flannel sheets for your bed; this helps you keep you warm when you are sleeping.
- Change the Way You Heat Indoor Spaces
It’s best to heat only the rooms that you use. For example, if you have a home office, large storage areas or even guest rooms, simply close them and seal off all the vents in those areas. This will significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home as it will direct the heat to the rooms that are being used at any given point of time.
- Regular Furnace Maintenance Is Important
Keeping all the vents as well as your furnace well maintained can reduce energy consumption and helps you save money. It’s important that you check your vents and furnace on a monthly basis and also replace filters when you find they have become dirty.
- Get Humidifiers
The winter cold can cause the areas in the indoor spaces to become very dry. Moist air feels very warm as it is able to hold the heat much better. When you set your thermostat lower, a humidifier can help you feel far more comfortable. You can also add house plants to various rooms in your home, as they help increase the humidity levels.
- Good Quality Installation Matters
Large amounts of money are spent each year on energy bills because of poor insulation that allows cold air and heat to escape from the indoor spaces. Invest in some good quality insulation, and use it to properly cover up the areas from which heat might escape. You can install foam weather stripping on all the windows and doors. This is very easy to apply and economical as well.
- Replace Traditional Holiday Lights With LED Lights
LED lights and fixtures are 80% more energy-efficient than standard lighting. They also provide between 30,000-50,000 hours of illumination which is more and 25 times of standard light bulbs.LED bulbs emit very little heat and don’t break as easily either, making them a far safer alternative for your holiday lighting.
- Use Exhaust Fans Very Sparingly
The exhaust fans installed in your bathroom spaces and kitchen tend to pull hot air upwards towards the ceiling and out of the indoor spaces. Once you are done using them, simply switch these fans off. This will prevent the hot air from being thrown outdoors.
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