Are you tired of escalating energy bills? If you’re looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your home heating bills we have some ideas for you!
Buy a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is the easiest and most effective way to save money on your heating costs. You can set your desired temperatures for certain times of the day and the thermostat does the work.
Set your thermostat to kick on about 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning and your home will be toasty as your family gets ready for the day.
Set it to kick off or lower the temperature approximately 30 minutes after everyone leaves for the day. Keeping your home at a lower temperature when no one is home can save hundreds of dollars a year.
Set it to increase in temperature when the sun goes down. to save even more money consider using electric blankets to stay warm while sleeping instead of solely relying on your homes furnace
Set you water heater to a lower temperature
Did you know that typically 25% of your monthly energy bill can be attributed to heating water? A setting of 120 degrees on your hot water heater will generate considerable savings without compromising those nice hot showers you love in the winter.
Seal up gaps in your windows and doors
You’d be surprised how much cold air gets in and heated air escapes your home via electrical outlets, windows, doors and duct work. This year, be sure to check the following:
Weather-strip and caulk any doors and windows that have air leaks
Check your homes duct work, plumbing and electrical wiring that penetrates through ceilings, floors and exterior walls. Caulk those areas to prevent air leaks. You could also try wrapping these areas with insulation.
Place child protective covers on electrical outlets or install rubber gaskets behind the switch plates to prevent the escape of heated air and the entry of cold air from outside through these tiny areas.
Use your ceiling fans to push heated air around your house
Ceiling fans have a switch on them that allows you to reverse the direction that the blades turn. Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. Hot air rises. The clockwise rotation of the ceiling fan will push warm air that rises to the ceiling down your walls creating a warm comfortable airflow in your home even at lower thermostat settings.
These are just a few of many suggestions and tips you can implement to help reduce your energy bills. If you have questions about any of the ideas listed above or would like to learn of other ways that you can save money this winter, contact All Weather Heating and Cooling today! 303-353-8496