Practical Energy-Saving Measures Just in Time for Heating Season
You don’t need to turn your house into an igloo with icicles hanging from the ceiling, or wear three sweaters and a pair of ski pants to avoid steep energy bills this winter. Sure, we’re exaggerating a bit – OK, maybe a lot – but some people do go to great lengths to cut their costs. The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to save energy without feeling like you’re living in Antarctica. What’s more, many of these measures are inexpensive or even free:
- Use sunlight to warm your home. Sunlight is your best friend because it’s free.Open your south-facing windows during the day to let it in, and close them back up after dark.
- Insulate your home. It’s a cost-effective and practical way to prevent heat from escaping and cool air from entering your home. It’ll make your home more energy efficient, and even provide health benefits by reducing dampness and mold.
- Close the damper in your fireplace. That is, unless you’re using it! If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
- Decorate for the holidays with LED lights. You can enjoy all the holiday light decorations you want, and save energy in the process. Just use LED lights – they’re 75 percent more efficient and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lights.
- Use a programmable or smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be set to achieve specific temperatures according to a predetermined schedule. Smart thermostats take things a step further, as some can study your energy usage, the weather, humidity levels, and other factors, then use that information to adjust the temperature for peak efficiency.
- Keep the lights off when you’re not home. Yes, we did say you don’t have to live in the dark while you’re home, but while you’re away, it’s wise to turn out the lights. Set timers if you’re worried about security while you’re gone.
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