In these cold winter days, you might be inclined to turn up the heat in your house. Before you do that think about you can do to keep that heat in your house, and the cold air outside. Here are some tips on how to make your home more energy efficient and money saving.
1. Better insulation
Re-seal your windows, attics, and ducts
2. Get some good curtains
Curtain panels can trap the heat, as well as absorb some of the cold air coming in. During the summer it can absorb the heat so rooms stay cooler.
3. Got ceiling fans? Use them!
Not only do ceiling fans help keep it cool during the summer, but if you reverse the direction, they will help to circulate warm air through the home during winter.
4. Go Tankless!
Tankless water heaters save water because you don’t have to wait for the water to turn hot in sinks and showers.
5. Change those filters!
You should change the air filter regularly. At a minimum they should be changed every three months but you should check it every month.
6. Programmable Thermostats
Installing a programmable thermostat can save you big bucks. By setting the thermostat to only heat at certain times of the day, you are not wasting heat when you are not home and you can set it to come on before you get home so you come home to a warm house. It is also energy efficient because it can slowly heat up and not have to heat all at once.
7. Change Those Bulbs!
Upgrade your light bulbs to Energy Star or another energy efficient brand. These bulbs also last longer. 8. Get Off the Grid
Solar panels are a great way to save money if you have the start up costs. Panels will reduce your electricity bill and help the environment.
9. Efficient Appliances
Purchase Energy Star appliances (Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Dryer). These appliances use less water, electricity, etc. and will reduce costs on your bills. Also, by using certain Energy Star qualified products homeowners have the opportunity to receive federal tax refunds for using these products.
We hope these tips help you save some energy, and some money this winter!!