Brr…it’s about to get chilly out there! As the temperatures begin to drop outside, it’s important that you learn how to stay warm and cozy in your home. During the fall, you may have opened the windows to enjoy the cool breeze or shut down your heating and cooling system altogether, but winter is a completely different story.
Keeping your house warm comes at a cost, since utility bills tend to increase during this time of year—that is, unless you know how to heat up your home in an energy efficient manner.
How can being more energy efficient help you cut costs in the winter? It’s simple: the less energy you use to power your heater, the less you will have to spend on your monthly utility bills. But, you don’t have to shut down your heating system to cut back on energy use—all you have to do is make smarter choices about the way you consume energy!
There are ways you can improve on your energy usage in every room of your house. For example, if you have a fireplace in your home, have you ever checked whether the damper is closed while the fireplace is not in use? Probably not. Although this may not seem like a big deal, an open damper allows the warm air your heating system is pumping out to escape, and the cold, outside air to come in. Shut the damper when the fireplace isn’t in use, and your overworked heater won’t have to consume as much energy to keep you and your loved ones toasty.
But, it gets even easier! Simply turning down your thermostat while you are away at work, running errands or asleep can have a huge impact on the amount of energy you use and therefore, your monthly bills as well. There’s no need to keep your home warm while no one is there to enjoy it, and at night, you can still sleep comfortably with the thermostat set a little lower, so why not dial down the temperature to save money? Or, go one step further by making the switch to a programmable thermostat, which can help you cut costs by around 30%. Although buying the thermostat is an additional expense, it will pay for itself in no time.
These are just two examples that show you how easy it is to cut costs while staying comfortable this winter, and luckily, there are plenty more where that came from. As you can see, being more energy efficient doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, contrary to popular belief. It’s about making simple switches around your house and stopping the bad habits that have led you to accidentally waste energy.
Make some of these energy efficient changes in your home, and you no longer have to compromise your comfort just to save money during the winter. So, instead of piling on layers of winter coats and blankets, take a look at this infographic to learn how you can stay warm in the winter without freezing your wallet: