8 Winter Savings Tips To Keep Your House Warm and Electric Bills Low
The majority of the US consumes more energy in the summer and winter months. It’s no surprise that we typically see electricity rate hikes during these months as well. However, that doesn’t have to mean your electricity bill will be sky high this winter. By implementing these simple savings tips, you can keep your house warm and your electric bill merry and bright!
Seal Air Leaks.
Cold air can leak into the home through minor cracks and gaps in windows and doorways. Seal any gaps with caulk or weather-stripping.
Check the HVAC Efficiency
No matter where you are in the country, it can get cold at night this time of year. Inefficient and faulty heating systems that use extra energy to heat your home can cost you a lot of money. If you notice uneven heating or the system needs frequent repairs, schedule an inspection by a professional.
Use Energy-Efficient Holiday Lights
The pretty holiday lights that decorate your home can burn electricity. Invest in LED Christmas lights to minimize energy usage. Look for ENERGY STAR® certified lights.
Consider a Smart Thermostat
During winter, even a few degrees can be the difference between a small and large electricity bill. A smart thermostat will learn your habits and turn down the energy when you are not around. These can save you up to 30% on your electric bill.
Reduce Heat Loss Through the Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when it is not in use. Close the doors leading into the room when a fire is kindled and lower the thermostat temperature. If you never use it, seal the flue.
Use Natural Heat
Naturally heat your home by opening curtains on south-facing windows during the day. Close curtains at night to protect your home from losing heat through the windows.
Reduce Water Heating Costs.
Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Or consider installing a tankless water heater that heats water as needed, saving costs in the long run.
Replace Air Filters.
Remember to replace air filters once a month. Dirty or clogged air filters force your heating system to work harder for proper airflow, using extra energy and raising costs.