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Tips to Help You Save on Energy This Winter

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

 

Read Time: 3 mins

 

Winter is coming! Well actually… it’s here. With the weather taking a turn to the colder side, you probably want to do all you can to save on expenses such as your heating bill. After all, more savings equals more for the holidays. To help you save a bit more this holiday season, here are six tips to help you save on energy this winter.

1. Bundle up.

Resist the urge to start ripping off the layers as soon as you step foot into your home. Go ahead and keep that sweater on. By wearing warmer clothes inside and turning your thermostat down, you can potentially save up to 5 percent on your heating costs. Experts suggest setting your thermostat to a maximum of 68 degrees during the day.

 

2. Enjoy the sun’s natural heat.

When you have a sunny day, consider opening the drapes and letting in some sunshine. The natural light will not only brighten your home but warm it as well. Just remember to close the drapes once the sun goes down.

 

3. Winterize your windows.

Consider adding an extra layer of insulation to your windows by adding weather stripping, caulking around your windows, or installing a heavy-duty clear plastic sheet to the window frames on the inside of your home. This will prevent the cold air from entering through the window and will keep the heat inside from escaping. Make sure they are sealed tightly to help reduce drafts.

You can also use insulated drapes to help keep the heat in.

 

4. Use your ceiling fan.

This may seem out there, but hear us out. By running your ceiling fans in the winter, it can actually make a room feel warmer. Warm air rises and collects near the ceiling. You can have a ten-degree difference between the ceiling and the floor. This means your feet are going to get cold, and you’ll turn up the heat.

What you want to do is have your fan run in a slow clockwise direction. (Most fans have a switch to move it between “summer” and “winter” mode.) This will pull the air upwards in the room. The hot air up top will go down the wall, pushing some of the heat down to the floor. This can potentially raise the temperature at the floor by as much as five degrees.

 

5. Get a humidifier.

A humidifier can be a great tool to help cut your energy costs this winter. Most of the time it’s dry air heating your home. Dry air is not good at holding heat and typically doesn’t feel as warm.

Using a humidifier can solve both problems. It will cause the air to hold the heat more effectively while adding moisture into the air, causing the air to feel warmer. Doing this will cause the temperature in your home to drop at a lower rate, which means more savings.

 

6. Seal and Insulate.

Having a well-insulated house will help to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. You can start by checking your attic. If you can see the floor joists, you need more insulation. Some other places to check are the crawlspace, basement, walls, and floors.

Also, make sure you fill in and seal any holes in your exterior walls. Check where pipes come into the house, and around windows and doors.

 

There seem to be expenses lurking around every corner this time of year. These six tips may be able to help you save on your energy bill, giving you more to spend on the holidays.