With energy costs steadily on the rise, the cold months ahead can wreak havoc on your budget. Finding ways to reduce your energy bill this winter is key, and I am here to help!
For home owners, saving money on heating costs isn’t overly complicated, but it does take some preparation and adjustments.
To help you get started, here are 6 easy ways to reduce your energy bill this winter.
1. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat.
Let the temperature drop to 64F when you are away from home or at night when everyone is asleep. Set your thermostat to increase to 72F half an hour before you are due to arrive home or wake up for the day.
This will not only reduce your energy bill, but will keep your family happy and content with a constant comfortable temperature.
2. Seal Any Air Leaks
Prevent cold air from entering your home by sealing up any air leaks.
You would be surprised at how many areas of your home are prone to letting in cold air, causing home owners to want to turn up the heat.
Beyond windows and doors, also check where any pipes or utility lines enter the home, electrical sockets, dryer vents and attic openings.
Seal as necessary.
3. Update Your Furnace
Tune up your furnace by cleaning out the blower cabinet, fan components and change or clean your filters.
Oil any moving parts you can easily access, to reduce friction during operation.
For best results, replace your furnace filters every two to three months.
This will help you reduce your energy bill this winter and also help with the air quality of your home.
4. Check Your Attic
Improve the insulation in your attic.
Particularly in older homes, attics are often overlooked by home owners as a source of heat loss. Insulation standards were not as high 25 years ago and insulation tends to settle over time.
While this does take a bit of an investment, it can save you a considerable amount on your energy bill for many years to come. Check out what grants you can receive from updating your attic insulation.
5. Invest in New Holiday Lighting
Change outdoor and holiday lights to energy efficient LED lights. *Please keep in mind there are 2015 recalls to look out for at some stores. Visit Canada’s Christmas Store to purchase your LED lights.
Since winter days are significantly shorter, simply changing the type of bulbs used to light up your home can make a big difference in your energy bills.
Also, a great holiday investment is the outdoor timers you can set for your lights! There is no need for them to be on in the day light.
6. Wrap your hot water tank
Not many people think of this. Wrap your hot water tank with an insulating blanket to reduce heat loss.
Turn the temperature setting down to 120F for maximum savings.
An added bonus for home owners is the reduced risk of scalding.
While none of these tips for reducing energy bills in winter is difficult, home owners who apply these strategies will see a significant difference in costs.
There are so many more ways to reduce your energy bill this winter.
As home owners, how many more ways can you think of to reduce your energy bills this winter?