Simple and inexpensive solutions can help you to save money as the temperatures outside drop.
Ah, winter. The season is almost here and we can practically smell peppermint lattes in the air. Although the winter is a fun month to bundle up and enjoy festivities, homeowners can dread what the cooler temperatures do to their energy bills. It’s never too easy to start thinking about cutting the cold-weather energy costs. Taking some time to weatherproof your home now will ensure a warm and cozy house in the months to come.
Consider these tips to help slash your energy bills this winter.
Don’t shed that sweater when you get home. Instead of turning up the heating to tackle the chill, put on another sweater or a thermal underlayer. You can save 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range.
Before you run the dishwasher is full before you turn it on. Dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when full. In fact, experts found that the machines consistently do a better job than hand-washing.
Upgrade Kitchen Appliances
Replacing old appliances can cut energy bills across the board, as up to 20 percent of your electricity bill’s balance comes from running appliances. Opt for Energy Star-qualified dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can dramatically reduce that percentage.
There are many ways to keep out the cold, and eliminating drafts can help significantly. Detect drafts around chimneys, in unfinished spaces behind cabinets and closets, and in other areas and seal them. Apply weather-stripping or caulk around drafty doors and windows to stop cold air in its tracks.
Maintain Your Heating Systems
Before turning on your furnace for the season, hire a professional to inspect it. He or she will be able to repair any damage and ensure that it is in good condition to run through the season. While you’re at it, change any filters in units before the winter.
If your home doesn’t have it already, add fiberglass to the loft to stop that precious hot air from escaping through the roof. Fiberglass insulation will help to trap the air so that your home stays warmer at a lower cost!