Although we aren't currently in winter yet, it's essential to start preparing for the colder months ahead. As temperatures drop, heating costs can skyrocket, but there are ways to save money and keep your home warm this winter. Wouldn't you rather put that money into holiday shopping or upgrades for your house?
#1 - Weather Stripping Doors and Windows
One major cause of heat loss is through doors and windows. The weatherstripping likely needs replacing if you feel a cold draft in your home. This simple and inexpensive fix can save you hundreds of dollars on heating costs. Weather stripping comes in various materials such as foam, rubber, or felt and can easily be applied to seal gaps around doors and windows. It will keep the cold air out and prevent warm air from escaping, making your home more energy-efficient.
#2 - Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat is another way to save on heating costs. This device allows you to set different temperatures for specific times of the day, so you're not constantly adjusting the thermostat manually. For example, you can set it to lower the temperature while you're at work or asleep and raise it when you're home and awake. This saves money and ensures that your home is always at a comfortable temperature.
#3 - Use Natural Sunlight
Take advantage of natural sunlight during the day by opening curtains and blinds to let in the warm rays. It will help heat your home and provide natural light that can improve your mood and reduce the need for artificial lighting. Just remember to close them at night to keep the heat from escaping.
#4 - Cover Up Your Water Heater
For $20 – $40, you can secure a water heater blanket at most hardware stores. This will help keep your water heater insulated, which in turn means the water heater will use less energy to keep you in those warm showers. You might even consider dropping your water heater temperature from 140F/60C down to a safe but reasonable 120F/49C.
#5 Swap Out Rugs and Drapes
In the warmer months, you may enjoy sheer window coverings or go with bare floors, but in the winter, laying in heavy drapes and thicker rugs will help trap heat. (Plus, it makes a room feel all the more cozy when it's cold outside!)
#6 Swap Out Your Furnace Filters
The harder you make your furnace work to exchange air, the more you'll pay for it. Stay on top of filter changes in the winter. The money you spend on filters will lower your bill and help save on your furnace's wear and tear.
Stay warm on the cheap this year! If you find yourself looking for a more energy efficient home, contact us today at (928) 308-9595!