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Utility Bill Savings Tips For This Winter
With summer becoming a distant memory, it’s time once again to prep your home for the winter months. While it would be ideal to carry out home improvement projects that will make your home more energy efficient, it’s just not financially feasible for everyone. What, then, can you do to be more energy efficient at home this winter without having to make a huge investment?
Fortunately, there are some simple ways for you to cut down on energy consumption. It will cost you very little to nothing to apply them, and they will make a considerable difference in your heating expenses. Here are a few utility bill savings tips for this coming season.
Insulate as Best as You Can
While your home probably has insulation, there are things you can do to further insulate it from the cold weather:
- Eliminate drafts by putting a plastic or a blanket up windows and doors that aren’t going to be used.
- Cover up attic entry with anything (plastic, blanket, saran wrap, old shirts, etc.) that will help to stop or, at least, slow the drafts from coming in or the warm air from floating up and through the roof.
- Put weather stripping around windows and doors. This is especially recommended for older homes as these seals deteriorate over time.
- Fill cracks in doors, windows, floors, and walls with silicone. These cracks may seem insignificant, but you can lose heat through them.
This may seem like common sense, but you’ll be surprised at how very few people apply it.
- Slightly turn the heat down when no one is home. If you’re going to be out of the house for more than 12 hours straight, you can turn the heat down to 60. You can do this manually if you don’t have a programmable thermostat.
- Close vents to rooms that are rarely used.
- Use space heaters. They’re good for warming up rooms that are occupied without wasting energy on other areas of the house.
Leave Oven Door Ajar After Baking or Cooking
The heat will escape and help warm up the house, causing the furnace to run a bit less.
Dress for Winter
Why wear shorts and tank tops in the middle of winter? It’s just not appropriate winter garb. Part of the fun of winter is being able to dress for it, so rock some winter fashion even when you’re staying home. This means sweaters, scarves, and fuzzy socks. Strategically drape attractive blankets, afghans, and throws on couches, arm chairs, and other pieces of furniture where you’re likely to spend time so you can wrap one around yourself when you get cold. Doing this will keep you from turning the heat up.
By applying these utility bill savings tips this winter, you can say stay warm without having to pay a small fortune for heating. If you are looking for a great heating and air company in Concord, contact the professionals at Hometown HVAC.