03 Dec Try These Winter Energy-Saving Tips
Now that fall has turned to winter, and we’re all settling in for snowy days, having a home that is a comfortable temperature is crucial. Many homeowners struggle to save energy during cold months, especially because it takes so much effort to heat and insulate your home. While you likely have already started the process of prepping your home for cold weather, these are a few additional energy-saving tips that can help.
One of the best energy-saving tips is to replace your filters often
With busy daily life taking over, tasks like changing the furnace and heat-pump filters are pushed to the back burner. If you have a furnace, it’s important to clean or replace your air filter once a month. This helps to ensure the best airflow and efficiency of your system. Another key place to watch is the vents. Make sure that any furniture or draperies in your room are strategically placed so you’re not blocking vents.
Avoid using space heaters
These small heaters do a lot for keeping your toes warm and heating small spaces quickly, but they are deadly on your energy bill. Because these small heaters require so much electricity to use, your costs can add up quickly. Not only do they take up a lot of energy, but they can also be quite dangerous. According to Energy.gov, more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters.
It’s important to note that it is much cheaper to warm your body than to warm your home. To stay cozy at home, it might be time to try other tricks than a space heater. Bundle up under blankets and wear slippers and layers around the house for optimal warmth.
Decrease the loss of heat from your fireplace
While fireplaces can be beautiful design elements in your home, they can also be spaces where you lose heat if you aren’t sealing them correctly. The damper on a fireplace can be a place where you can find a lot of draft. Closing it unless you are burning a fire actively can help keep the seal tight. Another place to check for drafts is around the hearth. Try adding caulking to ensure it is sealed properly.
Insulate your hot water tank
The United States Department of Energy recommends that you insulate the tank or water heater. They also suggest that you insulate the first six feet of hot water pipe. Insulating a water heater that is warm to the touch can cut standby heat losses by 25%-45%. This can result in significant savings to your energy bill over time.
Close doors to rooms you aren’t using
When you leave all the doors in your home open, much more air is flowing throughout resulting in more energy usage. If you close the doors that you aren’t using, you trap heat in those rooms. This makes it so your system is only working to heat the part of the home you are in. Guest rooms, bathrooms, closets and laundry rooms are a great place to start.
If you’re looking for even more energy-saving tips, check out our blog on how to save energy during fall. Our team at OSI Comfort Specialists is dedicated to helping you achieve maximum comfort in your home. If you’re in the Long Island area and are looking to maximize energy efficiency in your home through a new heater or having your system maintained, give us a call at 516-763-1400.