Now that winter has arrived with a bang... you may be wondering how to reduce costs and remain cozy and warm for the months ahead! Here are some tips to help winterize your home (if you haven't already):
1. CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTERS
During the heating season it's important to replace or clean your filters once a month... failing to do so may reduce airflow to your home, in turn raising energy demands.
2. RUN FANS IN REVERSE
Switching your blade rotation to clockwise will warm the room as air will be circulated back down into your living spaces, and you could save up to 10% in heating costs!
3. WINTERIZE YOUR A/C AND WATER LINES
Simply drain and hoses and pipes. Turn off any water shutoff valves. If A/C units are the window type, please remove and store to avoid unnecessary drafts.
4. TURN DOWN YOUR WATER HEATER
Many conventional water heaters are set to 140F but can be turned down to 120F , helpng to reduce costs by 6-10%. Have you thought of maybe making the switch to a tankless water heater or maybe even solar power? If so, the government is offering tax relief until Dec 2019
5. DODGE THE DRAFT(S)
Simply place a rolled towel or blanket under any drafty space such as doors, windows. According to a US Energy study, drafts can waste 5-30% of energy use.
6. INSTALL STORM DOORS/WINDOWS
Storm doors/windows can make a huge difference as they seal drafts and reduce airflow while at the same time increasing light and ventilation into your home.
7. GIVE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM A TUNE-UP
Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use and prolong the life of your furnace or other heating system.
8. MIND THAT THERMOSTAT
You can save 1-3% on heating costs by each degree you lower the thermostat.
9. PUT UP SOME PLASTIC
By applying to windows, this added buffer can enhance your home's ability to hold heat.
10. USE AN ENERGY MONITOR
A device which calculates household electrical usage in real time and projects monthly bill amounts...giving you the opportunity to see where to cut out waste.
11. SEAL DUCTS
12. BOOST INSULATION
13. INSULATE PIPES
Pay less for hot water and decrease chances of pipes freezing and breaking/cracking.