With dropping temperatures comes rising utility bills. Check out these tips to keep your home toasty warm and ready for winter while saving some serious cash.
- Simply lowering your heater’s temperature by two degrees in colder months can lower your bill by $40 a year!
- Spend much of your time in only one room? Using a space heater there, while keeping the overall house temperature lower, can save you significant cash.
- Replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the winter to amp up efficiency.
- Move furniture and drapes away from vents to get the most bang for your heating buck.
- Open blinds during the day to let sun in (especially south facing windows). Close them at dusk to trap heat inside your home.
- Purchase a humidifier. Winter air can feel very dry, but a humidifier will add moisture to the air, making it feel warmer and keeping you comfortable.
- Toss out old strings of incandescent holiday lights. The old wiring may be a fire hazard and incandescent lights can use up to 99% more energy than new LED versions.
- There is no need to keep your holiday lights on all night long. Keep exterior lights on a timer and unplug interior lights before going to bed.
- Turn the water heater temperature down to 120°, unless your dishwasher manual specifies otherwise. 120° is plenty hot for bathing and most dishwasher models.
- Wrap your water heater in a designated water heater blanket to avoid heat loss.
- Close the damper on traditional fireplaces when not in use. Better yet, install rigid insulation in the chimney if you do not plan to use the unit.
- Apply both interior and exterior caulking to fill gaps around window frames.
- If the foam and rubber strips sealing your doors to the outside are old and cracked, it’s time to replace them! Strips can start at $2 at home-improvement stores. This small investment will save about $30 a year in heating and cooling costs.