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9 Energy Tips For Winter

Winter is in full swing and many customers are wondering about the things they can do to help save money on their heating bill. Here are some tips to make your home more efficient and your family more comfortable:

  1. Let the sun in – Open the drapes and let the sun heat your home during the day. Be sure to close them when the sun goes down to help insulate your home.
  2. Move your furniture– Move your furniture so you are sitting near interior  Exterior walls and older windows can be drafty.
  3. Keep your wood fireplace closed – Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. This will prevent warm air from going up the chimney.
  4. Turn off ventilation fans – Turn off kitchen and bath ventilating fans after they’ve done their job. These fans can let warm air escape if left on.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat – Many thermostats give you the ability to schedule temperature changes by the hour for each day. These thermostats are popular because you can set the temperature to reflect your family’s schedule.
  6. Seal leaks – Add caulking or weather stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows. Even the smallest gap around a door will cause warm air to leave your home.
  7. Schedule service for your heating system – A properly maintained furnace, boiler or water heater will operate more efficiently and also extend the life of your heating equipment.
  8. Insulate water heater pipes – Insulate the pipes around the water heater with inexpensive, easy-to-install pipe insulation. This is particularly helpful if the water heater is in an unheated space.
  9. Properly insulate your attic – If you have an older home, then you may require more insulation. Consider upgrading your insulation with spray-foam or bat insulation.

Do you have more helpful tips to stay comfortable in the winter? Please leave us a message in the comments box below!

8 responses to “9 Energy Tips For Winter”

  1. Georgia B says:

    Thanks for mentioning the insulation of water heater pipes! This is one I definitely wouldn’t have considered in our new house, but would love to implement considering it’s a low cost way to save energy! We’ve got a maintenance man coming soon to make sure it’s in top shape for winter–maybe I’ll ask him about insulation options while he’s here!

  2. Nash Rich says:

    I agree that letting the sun in really helps. I used to open my blinds and put a dark blanket on the floor where the sun was shining. I think having that free solar come in really does a lot more than people think. I also agree with sealing leaks. We had a door that was missing a weather strip and cold air just invited itself in. Once that was taken care of, it was a lot nicer.

  3. Nash Rich says:

    My dad designed his house so it would get a lot of sunlight in the winter, and little in the summer. There are also a lot of windows on the south side. I think he saves a lot more money from using solar in the day instead of having the heat on all of the time. So I agree that, that is a great tip.

  4. I like the tip to insulate water heater pipes. I just learned about insulating pipes the other day. This is my first winter in a cold weather state as an adult, so I feel like there’s a ton to learn about being ready for the cold. This article really helps me know specific things I can do to prepare for winter and even save a little money.

  5. I really appreciated the seventh tip you give to schedule a service for your heating system so that you can ensure that appliances such as the furnace and boiler are properly maintained and ready for the winter season. As you say, doing this will ensure that these appliances will work efficiently, and this will help to extend the life of your heating equipment, and I agree. Overall, regular maintenance will ensure that your home is prepared for whatever season it is and the elements that come with it, thus, making your home safe and secure. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Ian says:

    Letting the sun comes in the house is real perfect.. This is what my wife always do during winter seasons.

  7. I would suggest using the foam insulation in the attic and walls of the house as they are very efficient and provide better air quality.

  8. Lauren says:

    Great tips! During the winter months, I love to open my blinds and let the sun in. I definitely can feel a difference in heating when I do this. Thanks for sharing!

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