The two times of year when we all tend to use up the most energy is during the summer and winter seasons. It’s pretty understandable why. Being that the temperatures are either drastically hot or extremely cold outside, we like to do all that we can to stay comfortable inside of our homes. And sometimes, that requires using up a lot of electricity and water.
As the fall and winter seasons approach, if you’re wondering about some of the ways that you can stay warm and still maximize home energy savings at the same time, here are five things that can help you to achieve that balance.
Adjust your thermostat. Although there may be a temptation to turn up your thermostat during the wintertime, according to most energy experts, you can easily leave it set to around 73 degrees and still feel nice and toasty. Plus, it will help to keep your energy costs down if you do. Also, if you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, it’s a good idea to install one. That way, you can program your thermostat for when you’re home and also when you’re away. (By the way, when you’re gone, it’s best to set your unit to around 68 degrees. The house will not freeze and you won’t have high energy bills if you do.)
Get new window treatments. Something else that you can do that will help to reduce some of the chill inside of the rooms of your home is to change your window treatments. By purchasing some thermal ones, that can help to block out the cold that tries to come in through your windows. That’s because they’re made out of a material that keeps the warm air inside of your home from going out. You can purchase some at your local Walmart or Target.
Use your ceiling fan. It might surprise you to know that turning on your ceiling fan is something else that you should do in order to save money on your energy bills. Here’s why it’s a smart thing to do: By setting our ceiling fan to rotate in a counterclockwise position, it will automatically pull some of the warm air that has risen up to your ceiling down closer to where you are. In fact, just by doing this one simple thing, your house can become five degrees warmer.
Don’t block your vents. If you were to speak with an HVAC technician about something else that you can do to save on energy expenses during the fall and winter months, something that they would probably tell you is to get your HVAC unit professionally serviced in the fall. Not only can a technician share with you the reason why you should change your filter along with providing some important duct sealing tips , they can also look to see if you have any leaks too. It’s one more thing that can keep your energy costs down.
Do some “water adjusting”. Energy conservation is not just about saving on electricity but water too. By installing a low-flow showerhead and toilet along with some automatic faucets, you can literally save dozens of gallons of water each month. And, by turning down your water heater to around 120 degrees (Fahrenheit), it can save you as much as 20 degrees on your water bill. For information on how to care for your water heater, visit House Logic and put “care for your water heater” in the search field.