There are many ways to save energy during winter months such as insulating and air sealing your home. Another energy saving tip is to use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be installed by an electrician and is a great way to save money during those cold, winter months. By installing Energy Star doors and windows, you can save even more money on energy.
During the holidays you can save energy by using LED holiday lights. They are over 70 percent more efficient and last much longer than traditional lights. Another energy saving tip is to simply turn off the lights when you’re not using them or when you go away on vacation during the winter.
Lighting controls is a great way to save on energy. Still another way to save is to lower the temperature on your water heater. Some may not know it but by unplugging electronics when you are away, you can save money and energy. Unplug your DVDs, TVs and computers and you will see a difference in your energy bills.
Try using a power strip. This will save you from walking all around your home to unplug everything. This works by plugging in multiple appliances and then turning it all off with just a flip of the power strip switch. Another energy saving tip is to adjust your blinds and curtains. Close your shades and curtains at night and this will keep your home protected from cold drafts. Then, open them during the day to let in the warm sunshine.
Of course, a great energy saving tip is to replace your furnace air filter once a month. A dirty air filter can make your furnace work much harder and can clog up your furnace. Most importantly, get a furnace tune up and inspection. This should be done at least once a year. Seal up those leaks around your doors and windows. This will keep cold air from coming into your home and prevent hot air from leaving the inside of your home.
To conclude, it is important to keep your home safe and warm during winter months and it is important to save money on energy bills. Follow the aforementioned tips and have a safe and energy efficient winter! Check back with us often for more HVAC and energy savings tips for winter.