With the days of summer officially behind us, we know that it’s only a matter of time before temperatures take a dip and our energy bills begin to rise. Keeping our homes functioning efficiently and effectively is important year-round, but even more so throughout the winter months. To maximize the heat your home produces, and to help keep your bills from skyrocketing, our realtor team at Proctor put together a list of simple ways to save energy in your home.
Adjust your thermostat
Making some easy adjustments to your thermostat can save more energy than you think. If you have a programmable thermostat, schedule your heat to be higher during the day when you’re at home and lower when you plan to go to sleep. Invest in some warm bed covers to keep you cozy throughout the night instead of kicking your home’s furnace into overdrive. You can also adjust your thermostat manually – just set yourself a daily reminder in your phone or write a note on your fridge so that you don’t forget.
Seal your windows and doors
The main reason why your home may be losing heat, and as a result wasting energy, is due to the small leaks that occur around the frames of windows and doors. Seal any gaps around your doors and windows by adding caulk or weather striping for an instant fix.
Switch to LED lights
Along with the cold, winter unfortunately brings us less daylight to enjoy. This means we're turning on our home’s lights much more – both inside and outside. Make the switch to energy efficient LED lights within your home for immediate savings. Don’t forget about your exterior lights as well – including those holiday lights! LED lights have the added benefit of a longer lifespan, so you won’t have to worry about changing bulbs as often.
Invest in a portable heater
Instead of cranking up the furnace to heat up your entire home, consider purchasing a portable heater to add some extra heat to the room you’re spending time in. A portable heater will use much less energy than cranking up your thermostat would.
Take advantage of the sun
When the sun is shining on cold winter days, take full advantage of those bright rays and open up your blinds and curtains. The sunshine will inject some extra warmth into your home – plus it will help keep your winter blues at bay.
Replace your furnace filter
During winter your furnace will most likely be working some overtime. To help keep it preforming at its best, make sure you’re changing its filter regularly. A dirty filter will also affect the air quality in your home, so be sure you’re paying close attention to when you need to swap it out.
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