An energy efficient home is vital to safe and comfortable living. The key to saving money and energy during winter is to prepare for winter before it arrives. The good news is that you don’t need to sacrifice the quality of your life in order to advance your home’s energy efficiency.
Here are easy and inexpensive energy saving tips to help you save energy and money during the winter months and maintain your home’s much needed integrity.
Insulate your home. Ahead of winter, insulate your attic with fiberglass or mineral wool rolls. Both materials are fire and moisture resistant. To eliminate potential health issues, use a formaldehyde-free fiberglass. For blown-in insulation, you can get equipment to blow it into place, but you may prefer to hire a contractor.
Install energy-efficient glazing. Invest in double glazed or triple glazed windows for maximum savings. Use the internet to search glazing contractors in your area. Always get multiple quotes to find the best deal.
Weatherstrip. To keep cold and moisture outside and keep warm air inside, weatherstrip you windows, doors, pipes, water heaters and vents. It is simple and inexpensive to do.
Check your thermostats. Before the cold weather starts, check that your thermostats are functioning. Keep the temperature at 68 degrees or less. To save on heating costs turn the thermostat down whenever you are out, you have company (guests will provide natural heat to your home) and at night. A programmable thermostat is a great solution that can keep the heat down when you don’t want it and up when you do.
Get a storage heater. They work by plugging in to the electricity mains and storing electricity, usually at night when tariff prices are low. Use it as a radiator whenever needed.
Consider a spot heater. If you only need to feel warmer for a while, don’t waste energy by turning up the central heating control and heating up the entire house. Spot heaters are wheeled and easy to move around. Many have built-in energy controls.
Check your damper. Make sure it functions well. Close it when not using your fireplace to retain the heat generated indoors.
Use smart. Unplug all electric and electronic equipment when not in use. Make the best use of natural energy.
Let the sunshine in. When the sun is shining, let the room fill with heat. Pull the curtains shut as the sun goes down.
Use your fan. Since warm air tends to rise and accumulate near ceilings, you should adjust your ceiling fan to run in a clockwise direction, which will distribute the air and move warm air around the entire space.
Check the filters. To increase energy efficiency and improve airflow, clean your heating system’s air filters. The filters should be checked on every month, and replaced every couple of months.
I hope that these energy saving tips will help you save money and energy at home during the coldest moths of the year. Have a safe and pleasant winter!