5 Energy Saving Tips for the Holidays
Home heating bills are expected to skyrocket this winter, as many energy suppliers prepare to hike their prices up. If you want to save money and do your bit for the environment, you can make a few simple changes around the home in time for the holidays.
Here are five ways to conserve energy this winter.
Keep Your Thermostat Constant
Maintain a constant temperature throughout the evening and you could use less energy than turning your thermostat up and down. Try and keep your thermostat at a low temperature: the United States Department of Energy recommends you dial it back 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit below your normal setting – something that could save you as much as 10 percent on your energy bills.
Change Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters slow down the airflow in your HVAC unit, which means the system has to use more energy. Check your air filter on a monthly basis for dust and replace the unit if it’s dirty. Clean filters are less likely to clog your HVAC system, saving you money on potential maintenance costs.
Keep Your Shades Open
Keeping your shades open during the day allows sunlight to flood into your property, bringing some extra warmth – even during the winter. Making use of natural light also means you won’t have to keep your home lights on, which will save you money on your utility bills.
Eliminate Air Drafts
Cool pockets of air will make your home feel cold in the winter, but there are various ways you can eliminate these drafts. Build a vestibule – a small area between an outer door and the interior of your home – for example, or hang up thick drapes to keep the cold out.
Heat One Room at a Time
Heating your whole home could be expensive if improperly installed. Warming up one room at a time and heating only the rooms you use is useful and prevents you from wasting energy.
As temperatures plummet in the coming months, these five tips could save you a significant amount on your utility bills and boost your energy saving credentials. Make a few of these changes and you could keep your home warm this winter and save money in the process.
Is your furnace not ready for the drop in temperatures? Contact Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating today to get your home ready for winter.