Do you find that your energy bill is too high in the wintertime? Are you looking for ways to cut some of those costs and save money? Well, you’re not alone in this and believe it or not, there are a number of simple things you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but the majority are quick and simple things that you can do in your day-to-day life, helping to reduce the cost of heat this winter.
Air Seal Your Home
Air leaks are where outside air enters the home or where the inside air can escape the home. Reducing this leakage is a very cost-effective way to save money on your home energy bill. Two basic and effective techniques are caulking and weatherstripping. If you are building new construction, talk to us about air sealing for new construction.
Adjust Your Temperature
Set your thermostat as low as you can while still feeling comfortable, and when you aren’t home, turn it down another 10-15 degrees. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat. This device can automatically lower and raise your temperature based on your daily activities – saving you money by using less heat while you’re away. This type of thermostat can be a little more expensive upfront but you’ll recover the cost within the season.
Insulate Your Attic
It’s a well-known fact that heat rises so it’s no surprise that heat is definitely lost through the roof of your home; check your attic’s insulation levels. It’ll be beneficial to be sure you have adequate depth and fill coverage of insulation. You can also have a professional come out, perform a home energy test and diagnose where you may or may not need more insulation.
Cover Your Drafty Windows
You can get plastic window covering kits at any hardware store. They are relatively inexpensive, save you quite a bit of energy consumption and will increase your overall comfort level. This is a fairly cheap and easy way to save a bit of money on your bill.
Use Space Heaters
Depending on how much time you spend in your whole house vs. just a few rooms, you may want to invest in a space heater. If your time is spent mainly in one or two rooms, you can turn your thermostat down quite a bit and heat the rooms with an electrical space heater. It’s much cheaper to heat up a small room than to heat up the entire house.
Again, turn down the thermostat a few degrees and put on some extra clothing. It can be nice to cuddle up and snuggle in blankets and sweaters on a cold winter’s night, and you will save a good amount of money by the end of the month.
Change Your Furnace Filter
A clean filter is essential to making sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible. They are also crucial to maintaining healthy indoor air quality. You should follow your furnace industry recommendations but try and change your filter every 3-6 months. A dirty filter restricts airflow and causes your furnace to work harder than it needs to maintain a constant temperature.
Have Your Furnace Cleaned & Checked
This isn’t just about safety, it’s about preventative maintenance. You can catch the problem before your furnace stops working in the middle of the night or on the weekend. This will also ensure that your furnace is working at its optimum efficiency, providing you with the most heat for the least cost.
Close Your Fireplace Flue
You should always have your flue open if you are using your fireplace but make sure you close it when it is not in use. An open flue acts like an open window and large amounts of heat end up escaping
Turn Down Water Heater Temp
By default, most water heaters are set to 140 degrees. It may help to check your temperature and turn it down to 120 degrees if it isn’t already. This can also slow mineral buildup and corrosion. Not to mention, the less heat required to heat the water, the less you are paying for. For most people, 120 degrees is more than good enough for all of their needs.
Us folks here at Mr. Cool Heating and Air LLC want to help keep you warm and save you money. Contact us today for more money-saving tips or for information on how we can help you become more energy efficient. Call us at (678) 789-0832 or request service online!