Tips to Save Your Energy Bills This Winter
Now that colder weather is here, it is time to get your home ready for the frigid months ahead. Preparing your home inside and out will save you money on your energy bills this upcoming winter. Therefore, we have some tips to help ensure your home retains heat while saving you money through the coldest months.
How to Save on Your Energy Bills and Usage
Hot Water Use – Decreasing the length of your showers by five to 10 minutes can also save hundreds of gallons of hot water per year, especially for family households. Showers account for almost two-thirds of the average home’s heating costs. Cutting your shower time in half could significantly reduce your bill. You should also consider replacing your shower head with a low-flow model. Low-flow shower heads can generate the same amount of pressure as higher-flow models without using as much hot water.
The Thermostat – keep your thermostat at around 60 to 70 degrees during the day. Just put on a sweater to keep you warm. You should save about 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you turn it down. So, when you’re about to go to sleep, set the thermostat to about 50 to 55 degrees. This will save you at least 10% or more on your heating bill. However, if you own a heat pump, set it back only two degrees fewer at night to prevent the backup strip heating from turning on.
The Furnace – Cleaning your furnace’s air filter may increase its efficiency by nearly 50 percent. Dirty or clogged filters limit airflow, which increases the amount of energy expended by the furnace. Fall or early winter is a good time to have general furnace maintenance performed. This could save you almost 5 percent per month on your heating bill, and those savings accumulate significantly over the winter.
Use Your Ceiling Fan – Ceiling fans are built with a switch above the blade area that allows you to change its rotation between summer and winter. When you switch it over to winter mode, the blades’ movement will go in reverse, which forces the warm air trapped in the ceiling to push back down and move the cool air up. Just remember to flip the switch again when temperatures start to rise in the spring.
Weatherproofing – When your heater kicks on frequently throughout the day, your heating bill may increase a lot as a result. This often occurs because drafts and holes in your home allow the hot air to leak out, requiring more heat to keep it warm. To combat this issue, weatherproof your home in the early months of winter before the temperatures significantly drop. Apply weather stripping around your doors and windows or replace it if it’s worn, and fill gaps and cracks in the walls so hot air cannot escape.
These energy saving tips are brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa Real Estate, Broken Arrow Real Estate, Jenks Real Estate, Bixby Real Estate and Owasso Real Estate as well as Keystone Lake Real Estate, Berryhill and Sand Springs Real Estate.