6 Ways To Save On Energy Costs
Winter is right around the corner. One of the nicest feelings is cozying up next to a fire or under a blanket with a loved one or good book or show. You can almost forget about the frigid temperatures outside until you remember: your energy bill. Heating costs can be a real buzzkill when the monthly bills show up, so we’ve compiled a few quick and easy tips on how to save on energy costs that will help you save some money this winter.
Close the chimney.
If you’re lucky enough to have an old school fireplace, you know how nice it can be. But the cold hard fact is that the hole in your chimney lets a lot of furnace-heated air escape and that air gets replaced by the frigid wintry air from outside. So when not in use, make sure it’s closed up tight.
Seal the cracks.
If your house isn’t brand new, there’s a very good chance it has numerous small cracks and holes all over it, especially near windows and doors. Caulking the seals around your windows is a good place to start. Saran wrap is a good fit for window panes, and a metal or plastic draft stopper that attaches to the bottom of your entry doors is always a good bet as well.
Give your furnace a tune-up.
Think of it this way, if you could spend a small amount of money to make your car considerably more fuel efficient for the foreseeable future, wouldn't you do it? That’s exactly what calling a heating and air professional will do for your heating system. Especially if you can’t reminder the last time an HVAC professional was in your house servicing your furnace, it’s time to give them a call.
Buy Energy Star.
If you don’t already have them in your house, you’ve probably seen appliances with the Energy Star logo on them. These appliances, manufactured to exacting standards by several top companies, use 50% less energy than appliances manufactured 15 years ago. Maybe you aren’t ready to bite the bullet on new appliances right now, but when you are, one of our best tips to save on energy costs is to buy Energy Star, it’s just a smart choice.
Add more insulation.
Especially in old houses, a lot of warm air escapes through the attic. Put an extra couple hundred dollars worth of insulation in it and you could save up to 30% on your heating bill.
Take shorter showers.
I know: little else offers relaxation on par with a long, hot shower. But heating water accounts for 11% of our total heating costs, on average. Consciously cutting down on your hot water use or buying a more efficient water heater are both viable ways to cut down on those considerable costs.
We hope these tips on how to save on energy costs this winter have given you some inspiration to save a little money while staying warm. Check back soon for more tips for homeowners and updates about our products!