In most parts of the country, winter has set in and is taking over our lives, forcing us out of our flip flops and running up our energy bills with extra heating and gas costs. While there isn’t much we can do about the season’s clothing options, we can provide a few solutions for keeping you cozy and making your home more energy efficient this winter.
Count Your Ducts
Heating our homes accounts for nearly half of our annual energy usage and releases twice as much carbon dioxide as a car. Make sure your heating system is working efficiently by checking and sealing your air ducts. By sealing air ducts, your home will be warmer without sending your heating system into overdrive.
Deck the Halls With Boughs of Insulation
To conserve energy during the winter months, add more insulation between the walls and inside your attic and basement. The federal government offers tax credits for this sort of home improvement project that prevents precious heat from escaping through cracks and crevices throughout your home.
Let Your Thermostat Do The Work
When it’s frigid outside, the last thing you want is an artic zone inside your home. You could leave the heater on all day and come home to a toasty sanctuary (and a monstrous heating bill at the end of the month), or install a programmable thermostat. The smart device will know to turn on the heat just before you get home, lowering your CO2 output and monthly statement.
Turn On Your Ceiling Fan. No, the other way.
Ceiling fans keep our rooms cool during the summer time, creating a nice breeze on a warm day. But, if you change the direction the blades move (there’s a small switch at the base of the fan), a ceiling fancreates an updraft that takes warm air that has risen to the top of the room back into the lower living space. This free, simple step will make your home more energy efficient, and lower your bill up to 10 percent.