Every time that the winter season rolls around, we find ourselves looking for the gentle balance between enjoying the cold weather that’s outside while still being able to keep warm when we’re inside of our homes.
And since it’s usually during extreme temperatures that we find ourselves using the most energy, we thought that it might be helpful if we provided you with some full-proof home power and energy saving tips so that this winter season, you won’t spend outside of your budget when it comes to your electricity and water bills.
Do some caulking. A lot of people end up wasting heat in their homes because they don’t realize that they have a draft near one of their windows or doors. So, before doing anything else, take out a moment to do a little inspecting around those areas. If you happen to see some small cracks or holes, all you need to do is go to a local home improvement store and purchase some caulking. By applying it to those places, you should notice that the drafts are no longer an issue.
Get a programmable thermostat. If you don’t already own a programmable thermostat, this is definitely the time to go out and get one. By being able to preset your HVAC unit to run at certain temperatures throughout the day and night, this can also help to keep energy costs to a minimum. As a matter of fact, according to many energy experts, you should be able to set your thermostat to 73 degrees and be comfortable all winter long.
Install a low-flow showerhead and tankless water heater. Are you looking for some ways to decrease your water bills? If so, you can’t go wrong with a low-flow showerhead and tankless water heater. The showerhead will reduce the gallons of water that you use with each shower and because tankless water heaters only run when you need hot water, they both can save you as much as 30 percent on your annual energy costs.
“Dress up” your bed. As you’re in the process of looking for creative home heating options, there is a very simple thing that you can do: change your bedding. By adding some flannel sheets and a couple of blankets, you can make your bed considerably warmer; so much in fact, that you won’t have to rely on turning up your HVAC unit or adding a space heater. Just make sure that before retiring each night that you put some socks on your feet too. When your feet are warm, it automatically helps the rest of your body to feel the same way.
Use your ceiling fans. We know that it probably sounds odd to hear that you should use your ceiling fans in the winter time but it’s actually another effective way to stay warm. The key is to set them so that they rotate in a counterclockwise position. This helps to bring the heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are. So if you have a ceiling fan, don’t hesitate to turn it on this winter. Your energy bills will thank you for it, for sure.