Energy Saving Tips for Winter
Keep your family cozy and your energy bills low
When the temperature dramatically dips, that doesn't mean your heating bill needs to dramatically be on the rise. From weatherproofing your windows to taking advantage of natural light, these energy saving tips can keep your family cozy and your energy costs low.
SWITCH YOUR CEILING FAN'S BLADE ROTATION
Chances are you've never thought about what direction your fan is spinning, but the blades' rotation can help you save on your winter heating bill! Hot air rises so reverse your fan's blades to a clockwise rotation to help push that warmth right back down to you.
UPGRADE YOUR WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE
Everyone loves a good crackling fire, but your old wood-burning fireplace could be costing you more than you think. Consider upgrading your fireplace to an EPA certified-model or more efficient insert - you will conserve energy and might even receive a tax credit (unfortunately, s'mores not included).
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Take advantage of the world's best furnace - the sun! Naturally heat your home by drawing the curtains of south-facing windows during the day; you'll save money on your heating bill and benefit from the wintery backdrop.
WEATHER-PROOF YOUR WINDOWS
During the winter, up to 30% of your home's heat can be escaping through low-efficiency windows. Upgrading to storm windows can reduce heat loss but often requires a costly install. For a budget-friendly alternative, cover windows and sliding doors with clear plastic film - this simple trick can save you roughly 14% on your heating bill.
ADJUST HOUSEHOLD THERMOSTAT TEMPERATURE
Set the thermostat to a daily even temperature and lower the temperature when you are not home. Portable space heaters can be an alternative solution, but use sparingly to keep costs low.
AVOID USING YOUR EXHAUST FANS
Your bathroom fans and oven hoods are often-overlooked sources of heat loss in the winter. Use your exhaust fans sparingly and turn them off when not in use to ensure your home's warmth isn't being pulled away.
SWAP OUT OLD BULBS WITH LEDS
If you haven't switched out your home's lightbulbs for LEDs, winter is the perfect time to do so. LED bulbs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent, which can lead to huge savings on your electricity bills during the winter months.
INVEST IN A SMART THERMOSTAT
This easy home upgrade can cut heating costs by up to 12% and will continue to reduce AC costs in the upcoming spring and summer - it's a no-brainer!
DO AWAY WITH DRAFTS
If you're not careful, the winter chill can seep in under doors, around windows, and even through electrical outlets. Drafts not only make it harder to properly warm your home, but they also can eat away at your heating budget; install weather stripping and proper insulation to help keep the cold at bay.
Source: Choose Energy website