Energy Saving Tips for Winter
Winter can be the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive too! Here are some tips for saving energy during the wintertime.
1) Consider replacing your old gas hot water tank or furnace with an ENERGY STAR rated water heater or furnace. If your gas hot water tank is more than 8 years old you should consider replacing it with a new efficient model to cut back on heating costs. If your furnace is over 15 years old consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR model. ENERGY STAR furnaces are approximately 15% more efficient than standard models.
2) Install a programmable thermostat. Keeping your house temperature on a schedule can help cut heating costs by lowering the temperatures during times when no one is home or when the household is sleeping. Make sure that if you have a heat pump, you select a thermostat model designed for use with your heat pump. If you are unsure, you can always call a professional. Programmable thermostats can save up to 15% on energy costs!
3) Seal up leaks to prevent heat loss. Use caulking around windows to minimize the amount of air transfer that may leak in and out. Also check where pipes and ducts lead through ceilings, walls and floors and seal up any gaps you find. If you find any large gaps, visit your local hardware store to pick up an appropriate sealant. Also consider adding weather-stripping to your exterior doors.
4) Install high-efficiency windows. When planning ahead for winter months or if you happen to be doing a renovation, opt for windows that are ENERGY STAR certified. These windows can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15%.
5) Use candles for a heat alternative. Not only can they smell nice and add ambience to your space, heat is a by-product of the light that candles provide. Consider using candles for heat and light in the evening to save on your energy bill.
6) Use the sun! While it may shine less than during the spring and summer months, open your window coverings on sunny winter days to help warm your rooms.
7) Wrap water pipes with foam insulation. This is an easy, cost effective way to save energy in your home. Cut the foam tube to the desired length and apply to your water pipes. Make sure to seal any gaps with duct tape and to cut the insulation on an angle to accommodate bends in the pipes.
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