If you weren't aware it's pretty easy to save money come winter time; turn everything off when not in use! Or follow these simple guidelines to help you conserve energy and keep bills at a minimum. Saving time and energy should always be smile inducing. So follow these steps and you will undoubtedly save lots of green. Yes, you may have to spend a little cash up front, but within a year you will have already saved that money and then some potentially.
SEAL UP YOUR HOME:
- Seal all drafty locations. If you have older windows and doors make sure they are properly sealed so you are not letting the heat escape or cold air enter.
- Pipes and electrical outlets can be of concern too. Yes these spots can be small, but remember they are holes in the wall, so air can enter or escape like it can a window or door. Make sure your electrical plates cover the holes in the walls, pipes are tight and if need be make electrical tape or foam sealer readily accessible to fix minor household problems.
- Drapes and dark blinds are very useful. All year round, drapes and blinds keep heat out in the summer and heat in during winter. Darker, thicker blinds will help keep your house warm in the winter. Not letting the cold air penetrate the interior of your homes by covering windows will be helpful to lowering your heating bill.
HEAT UP THE HOME EFFICIENTLY
- CLEAN YOUR AIR FILTER! This meager task can actually be a big problem. If you have a filthy air filter, your heater will continually work harder to push out warm air, which will raise the bill and if old may pose a risk to having technical problems. Same goes for the coils and fans. Youtube is your best friend for tutorials or peruse the web for helpful tips on doing minor cleaning and touch up work. If that doesn't work, call your neighborhood electrician and have them take a quick look before winter rolls around and it's too late.
- Turn your heat down or OFF! If your gone for 8 - 10 hours during the workday, why keep your house at a cozy 75 - 80 degrees when no one is home? Pre-set your thermostat or turn it down 10 - 20 degrees during the day to save 10 - 20% on your heating bill. Pay attention to the weather outside; turn the heat off and save that energy. If it's only going to be 50 - 60 outside and you keep it at 75, it's almost the same as turning it down 10 - 20 degrees. Remember though, if you turn it off you will manually want to adjust the heat. If you turn it on and its at 75, but only 50 in the house, your unit will be running for hours on end at full capacity to reach the desired temperature. Adjust the temperature accordingly every couple hours so it won't have to work extra hard.
- Ceiling fans save warm air. Setting them to operate clockwise will push the warm air that rises back down into the room. Turn them off when leaving the room to save more energy! Yes, ceiling fans use a small portion of energy, but every little penny adds up in the end.
- Wrap up the water heater. If the surface of your water heater feels warm then water heating energy is being wasted. Heat is escaping rapidly if the air is cold and the tank is hot. Protect it with a water tank blanket or insulating foam. Just make sure you read the manual and properly use the right material.
- If you never run out of hot water that's a problem! this means your hot water thermostat is probably set too high, wasting more energy and warm water than necessary. Check the thermostat knob on your water heater and adjust accordingly. Per say, if it's on the hottest setting, turn it down to the medium or hot range.
- Make sure you leave cabinet doors open. When the temperature is below freezing, pipes freeze and you have to use an excess of water to get the heat running through. Make sure you leave cabinets open so warm air can circulate around the pipes. Letting the faucets drip when their is a freeze warning will save time and hassle.
TURN EVERYTHING OFF
- Turn it off; seriously. Fans, lights, heat and anything else you can save money with, unplug or turn them off. If the temperature is bearable or your not home, relax, get cozy and plug unused outlets or turn unnecessary everyday used items off. Wall plug-ins are drawing energy, so unplugging infrequently used outlets throughout the house will lower energy usage. When it comes to heat, turn down the temp, grab a blanket and snuggle up. Better yet, invest in a portable heater and on bearable temperature days tote the fan around with you and heat yourself up, not the other hundreds or thousands of square feet no one is inhabiting.
All in all, little things like a heating blanket or fan, adjusting the fans to retain heat, lowering the water temperature on the water tank, insulating the tank, pipes and sealing doors, cracks and windows can save you hundreds of dollars. Spending $50 - $100 for these and saving hundreds every year is beyond worth it; it's a no-brainer. Shaving off at least 10 - 20% on your heating/energy bill and 10 - 15% on your water bill every month could be $50 - $100 you can put away for savings. No, this is not a lifesaver, but money is money and this could come in handy. Of course though, this all depends on the size of home, if you own or rent and how often you are out of the home. This is the determining factor on how much you save now and in the future. If you implement these steps into your everyday life you can save more money than thought, be energy efficient and eliminate the wastefulness you may not know existed.
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