There are hundreds of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing those monthly energy bill payments.
Many of which don’t even require any additional spending! Sounds too good to be true, right?
One of the most hotly debated (no pun intended) areas in your home is likely the temperature. Here are some best practices so that you can stay comfortable and save a few bucks this winter.
Consistency is Key
It takes a lot of energy for your home to be heated, so lighten the load by keeping a consistent temperature. The standard for peak performance is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Expose the Radiator… Seriously
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!
Cook Away the Cold
After cooking or baking in the 300’s or 400’s, leave the oven door open for a bit. As long as no one smacks into it, it’s an easy and harmless way to make use of some heat for your home.
Plus, I guarantee no one will be mad that you decided to bake some cookies on a whim.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
What if I told you that some of your heat was escaping out of the very walls you dwell in? It’s true. If your home isn’t properly insulated, the walls that hold up your roof aren’t great on their own at keeping your heat in. It requires some investment, but the savings are worth it.
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. Win-win!
Duct and Vent Maintenance
If you have any leaks or tears, you could be losing more money than you’re aware of. Every year you should be taking stock to ensure your airflow is moving throughout your home uninhibited. If not, make or get those repairs done so you can get back on track with more efficient energy consumption.
Winter Dress Your Home
Now is the perfect time to bust out the thick throw blankets. If you have them, we also recommend thicker curtains. Keeping some shades drawn protects your precious heat from escaping through the closed window. Have you ever pressed your hand against your windows during a cold winter day?
You can participate in this one, too. Roll out the winter wardrobe and embrace sweater weather. You’re going to want fleece-lined pants, sweaters, fuzzy socks… the whole get up. Top it off with a mug of a hot beverage and you’re in peak winter condition.
There you have it: six simple ways to cut your energy costs this winter. There are plenty of areas you can cut costs in besides just heating. Keep an eye out for more tips and tricks on our blog coming soon.
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