Winter Energy Saving Tips

Winter Energy Saving Tips

Programmable thermostat, insulating windows and doors, and furnace maintenance are good options to reduce energy costs in the home.

As temperature decreases the energy bills increase in many family homes, people still prefer traditional style stoves. The cost of heating the home takes a big chunk out of the household budget; therefore, it is important to reduce energy expenses.

Insulate Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are big culprits for allowing heat to leave the home. Each year, it is important to ensure there is a good seal between the door and the door frame. One method is to slowly move a lit candle around the door frame and if the light flickers there is a leak.

Weatherstripping the door is a good option and different doors require different styles. It is best to go to the local hardware store to get the best product for your door. Weatherstripping can be found as metal, rubber, foam, and plastic. As well, the strips can be applied with nails, staples, or adhesive.

Newer variety of windows are weatherproof but many of the older windows let in cold winter air. Place shrink wrap on windows to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Shrink wrap can be purchased at hardware stores and are quite easy to install. Most often all that is required is the shrink wrap and blow dryer.

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostat is a worthwhile investment as it can give the homeowner substantial savings. If no one is home during the day, reduce the temperature and an hour before homeowners return home have it increase to warm the home to a comfortable level. As well, at night lower the thermostat as the blankets will keep all warm and have it increase about an hour before the family wakes in the morning.

A programmable thermostat allows the occupants to set specific temperature limits and time of day. Some allow the owner to set for specific days too.

Furnace Annual Maintenance

Filters should be changed every few months as they clog with dust particles. Furnace filters come in all sizes and shapes, so it is best to measure the width and length before heading out to the hardware store. Many types of filters are available, it is up to the homeowner to choose the best one for their specific needs. In addition, there are reusable filters that can be cleaned every few months.

It is important to have annual check ups on the furnace from a licensed technician to ensure everything is working at optimum. Too often, an expensive repair could have been avoided by annual inspections.

Programmable thermostat, annual furnace maintenance, and insulating windows and doors are just a few options to reduce energy costs in the home. It is important to evaluate annually how to save money on the winter energy bills.