Whether you want to reduce your footprint on the planet or need to save money, lowering your energy bill can help you. Many people say that energy consumption accounts for much of a home’s overall costs, and most of it comes from heating and cooling – especially in areas where there are major shifts in temperature. There are some things you can do to lower your bill every month. And if you want to stay warm this winter, there are some adjustments you can make that will keep your costs to a minimum.
#1: Take Advantage of Natural Sunlight
The sun gives off natural warmth, and it shines year-round. Open up the curtains on any windows that are facing south, and close them when the sun goes down. Not only will it keep your place warmer in the winter, but it will also keep it inside at night.
#2: Wear an Extra Layer of Clothing
Instead of turning up the heat, you should consider putting on some warmer clothes. You can throw blankets on your couch, or you can place an area rug to insulate your floor.
#3: Take Advantage of Ceiling Fans
Homes are more energy efficient when they have better ventilation and airflow. And if you have ceiling fans, you have more control over how much air gets circulated. You can use them to improve your home’s heating efficiency. If the fan moves counter-clockwise, it will push hot air up during the summer months. But turning them clockwise will trap heat inside so your home will stay warmer during the winter months.
#4: Change the Thermostat Setting at Night
The U.S. Department of Energy claims that people can save approximately 10% a year on their heating bills if they turn the thermostat down 10-15 degrees while they’re sleeping at night. Instead of keeping it warmer, you should invest in some flannel sheets or a warm comforter so you can stay warm while you’re sleeping.
#5: Only Heat Rooms When They’re Being Used
If you have any rooms that you don’t use, close and seal the vents so the air can be redirected to the rooms that you use more often. And you can use a space heater when you need to use them.
#6: Keep Your Furnace and Vents Clean and Free from Blockage
Doing regular maintenance on your furnace and vents will lower your home’s energy consumption, which can save you money. Check your furnace filter on a monthly basis, and replace it when it gets dirty.
#7: Get a Humidifier to Moisturize the Air
The air in your home can get dry. But if you add humidity, it will feel warmer because it will hold heat better. A humidifier can make you feel more comfortable when you use a lower thermostat setting, but you can also use house plants to achieve a similar result.
#8: Install Better Insulation
One of the main causes of higher energy costs is the amount of hot or cold air that escapes the interior of a home, and it’s usually caused by lack of proper insulation. Make sure you cover up any areas where heat can escape, and you can start with foam weather stripping for your doors and windows. It won’t cost you a lot of money, and it’s easy to install.
If you want more information on how you can make your home more energy efficient during the winter months, feel free to contact CC Air Solutions.