Saving Energy and Money this Winter
Posted by Sara Livecchi on
Keeping warm during the Winter months doesn’t need to cost a fortune. And it shouldn’t. Here are some ways you can save some money and energy on your home this season.
1. Be consistent
It takes a lot of energy for your home to be heated. Keeping a consistent temperature can make a huge impact on spending. The standard for peak performance is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Don’t Hide Your Radiator!
This one seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised. Make sure you aren’t blocking your heat sources with big, clunky furniture. That couch is the warmest spot in your house because it’s absorbing all your heat!
3. Use the Oven
If your family likes to enjoy a hot plate of cookies after dinner, you are one step ahead. Make use of the heat from the oven and leave the door open after your goodies are done baking.
4. Ensure Proper Insulation
If your home isn’t properly insulated, you could be losing more heat than you may expect. The savings that could ensue are worth the investment of getting insulation installed.
Depending on where you live, you might want to also consider installing some storm doors. They cost about $200 each, but they can have a sizeable impact on your heating bill. In some cases, you may even be eligible for a $500 tax refund.
5. Duct and Vent Maintenance
If you have any leaks or tears, you could be losing a ton of money. Every year you should be taking stock to ensure your air flow is moving throughout your home uninhibited. If not, make or get those repairs done as soon as possible.
6. Winter Dress
Thicker curtains, throw blankets, and soft rugs are good for more than just decoration. Keeping your curtains closed protects heat from escaping through the closed window.
There are plenty of areas you can cut cost in besides just heating. Keep an eye out for more tips and tricks on our blog coming soon.