Take advantage of the sun’s natural heat by opening south-facing curtains during the day. Remember to close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
Window frames tend to let cold air in. Use a heavy-duty plastic sheet or tape plastic film to the inside of your window frames during winter to help keep the air out. To reduce infiltration, make sure the plastic is sealed tightly. You can also install tight-fitting, insulated drapes or shades on windows where you notice a draft.
You should adjust your thermostat throughout the day depending on when you are home and what time of day it is. When you’re at home and awake, set the temperature as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat down. This could save you 10% a year on your energy bill! A programmable or “smart” thermostat makes it super easy to set your temps to fit your schedule.
Air leaks can be hiding around pipes, chimneys, recessed lights, in insulated ceilings and behind cupboards and closets. Learn how to detect air leaks and how to seal them properly to reduce your energy bill. Add weatherstripping or caulking to doors and windows that let in the cold air.
Schedule regular service for your heating system. If you have a furnace or heat pump, replace your filter once a month or as needed. For wood or pellet-burning heaters, clean the flue vent regularly and the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure your heating is efficient. If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed to avoid letting warm air escape up the chimney. If you never use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue. Find out more ways to improve your fireplace’s efficiency here.
Turn down the temperature of your water heather to avoid scalding showers and hands as well as save energy. The warm setting (120 degrees Fahrenheit) is recommended.
Use LED lights in your home and in your holiday decorating during the colder months to reduce energy bills while still staying festive!
With these tips, you’ll conserve energy, save money, and stay warm and happy throughout the winter season!