Get Cozy With Winter Energy Savings
Find out how to stay warm while keeping your energy costs down this winter.
Although cranking up the thermostat in winter might make your home more comfortable, it requires a lot of energy, and that additional energy use can cause your electricity bill to skyrocket. Fortunately, there are other ways you can warm up without excessive energy use.
Maintain Your Heating Systems
- Check your fireplace. If your home has a fireplace, regularly clean the chimney and vents. Also make sure the damper is properly closed when the fireplace isn’t being used.
- Don’t block the heat. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Use the sun. Open curtains and blinds on your west- and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close those curtains at night to retain heat.
- Adjust your thermostat. Save energy and keep your costs in check by keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you are home and awake and 65 degrees while you’re asleep. When you leave the home, lower the temperature to 62 degrees. Better yet, invest in a smart thermostat that can automatically control temperature settings for you.
- Change your filters. Maintain your heating system by cleaning or replacing your furnace filters every month. A clogged filter will cause your system to work harder and expend more energy.
- Turn on your fans. Since hot air rises, run your ceiling fans clockwise during cold months to push heat back to floor level.
Prevent Air Leaks
- Identify air leaks. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal air leaks around windows and doors and wherever plumbing or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, and ceilings. Install foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates along exterior walls.
- Insulate your home. By insulating your basement and attic, you’ll prevent heat from escaping and reduce the energy required to maintain a steady temperature throughout your home.
- Cover air conditioners. If you have a window unit, it’s best to remove it during the winter months. If you have a through-the-wall unit that cannot be moved easily, cover it to provide additional insulation.
Identify Other Opportunities To Save Energy and Money
- Consider a do-it-yourself home energy audit if you haven’t performed one in a while.
- Check for incentives and rebates from your energy provider as well as federal and local tax credits.
Don’t Forget the Holidays
Winter not only brings cold temperatures and the occasional snowstorm but also the holidays and an increase in energy usage. Read our tips for an energy-efficient holiday season so you can keep your energy costs down.
For more suggestions on how to weatherize your home during winter and throughout the rest of the year, visit our page on saving energy at home.