10 Tips to Save Energy During the Cold Winter Months
Due to the ever-increasing costs of electricity, it is important for homeowners to take steps to reduce their energy usage. Here are some easy tips you can use to keep your home warm and save energy this winter season!
Tips to reduce energy usage:
1. Find and seal any leaks around windows or doors.
Cold air can leak into the home through minor cracks and gaps in windows and doorways. Seal any gaps with caulk or weather-stripping (available at local hardware stores).
2.Check the heating system's efficieny.
Depending on the age of your home, your heating system may be old or outdated! This can mean inefficient and defective heating systems that use extra energy to heat your home, running up your energy bill. If you notice irregular heating or you're constantly dishout out money for repairs, call us at 469-363-4006 to schedule an inspection by a Fresh Air HVAC professional.
3. Use energy-efficient holiday lights.
The holiday season is mostly over, but some home-owners may choose to leave their lights up longer. Embrace the holiday spirit! Those super-bright holiday lights that decorate your home however, can burn a lot of electricity. Invest in LED Christmas lights to minimize energy usage. Look for ENERGY STAR® certified lights. (This also applies to other outdoor lighting, such as security lights or porch lights!)
4. Consider a programmable thermostast.
During the cold winter season, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when you're at home during waking hours (we recommend 68°F). Reducing the heat by only a few degrees when you're sleeping or out of the house will help save money (aim for 65°F when you step out!)
5. Reduce heat loss through the fireplace.
If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when it’s not being used. When you are using your fireplace, keep the doors to that room closed and lower the thermostat temperature. If you never use your fireplace, consider sealing the flue to avoid heat escaping your home.
6. Take advantage of sunlight.
Heat your home naturally by opening curtains and letting sunlight in during the day. This natural source of heat means you will have to run your heater less often! Close your curtains at night to prevent your home from losing heat through the windows.
7. Cover drafty windows.
If your home does not have energy-efficient windows, tightly seal them with clear plastic sheets to avoid heat lose. Make sure to cover the entire window frame.
8. Reduce water heating costs.
Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120° F. Or think about installing a tankless water heater that heats water as needed, which will save money over time.
9. Replace air filters.
Set a reminder to replace your air filters once a month. Filthy or clogged air filters force your heating system to work harder for proper airflow, using extra energy and raising energy costs.
Fresh Air also offers maintenance plans which include a filter change! Contact us for more info.
10. Consider a ductless mini-split heating system if the heating is uneven throughout your home.
A mini-split heating system is easy to install, allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms or spaces, and is energy efficient to reduce overall energy consumption.