Even though the home energy savings program has been discontinued, there are still ways to reduce your expenses by lowering your energy consumption throughout the year. As the winter cold air sets in you’ll be tempted to turn up the thermostat to keep your home warm. Unfortunately, this often results in higher energy bills.
To cut down on energy use while keeping your home comfortable and safe this winter, it is important to make sure your home is running at peak efficiency. Try making some small changes around your home with these six simple household tips designed to save you money.
Maintain your furnace
Clogged filters mean that your furnace motors must work harder and use more energy to heat your home. That’s why we recommend cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three months. Regularly cleaning or replacing the filter will help you save as much as 10% off your energy bills.
Take advantage of free heat
Open drapes during the day to let the sun’s rays warm your home. But the sun isn’t the only source of free heat in your home! If you’re entertaining, consider lowering your thermostat by a few degrees. A house full of guests will generate extra body heat which helps you reduce energy use while keeping your home comfortable.
Install a programmable thermostat
Turning the temperature down at night, and during the day when nobody is home can save as much as 10% on heating bills. By doing this throughout the winter months you’ll see a noticeable difference in the amount you spend to heat your home.
Did you know that up to 30% of the heating and cooling costs in a home can be lost through poorly fitted windows and doors? Check for any air leaks or cracks around your home’s windows and doors. If you find a leak or crack, use caulking and weather stripping around existing openings. Alternatively, consider installing new energy-efficient windows, which can save most homeowners approximately $150 a year on their energy bills.
Get more insulation
Improving your home’s insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to cut down on heating costs. You should have approximately 12 inches of insulation in your attic, anything less is worth getting topped up.
Add a humidifier
Dry, cold air combined with the furnace running can reduce the amount of moisture in your home during the winter. Adding a humidifier to your heating system is one of the best things a homeowner can do to maintain proper moisture levels.
One of the biggest benefits of proper humidification in the home is a financial one. Using a humidifier allows you to turn the thermostat down one or two degrees while still maintaining a comfortable feeling, thus lowering your heating bills.
Just because the home energy saving program is gone, doesn’t mean you can’t save on your heating expenses this winter. Instead of turning up the heat, consider making small changes to reduce your home heating expenses. If you do, you’ll enjoy savings this winter, as well as throughout the entire year.
Looking for help with your furnace? Contact the team at Advantage Airtech ClimateCare for expert service, maintenance and Installation.