Just because temperatures are super low outside doesn’t mean your energy bill has to be super high. There are many ways you can keep energy costs in check while staying warm this winter. Take a look at four tried and true methods you can implement in your home this weekend to save energy and money during the winter season.
1. Block Drafts
Drafts are sneaky little things. They get in your home under doors, windows and any other areas that are exposed to the outside. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste five to thirty percent of your energy use. An easy fix: place a rolled up blanket or towel under your doors or windows to block cold air.
2. Run Fans in Reverse
Little known fact: most fans have controls allowing you to reverse the direction of the blades. Running your fan in the opposite direction than normal (clockwise) helps circulate warmer air from the ceiling back down to you. This cool trick can cut your heating costs by as much as ten percent!
3. Insulate Your Windows
One of the most inexpensive fixes, use some plastic-wrap or buy a window insulation kit from your local hardware store. This layer of plastic is unnoticeable when applied properly and acts as a shield from drafts while keeping your home warmer.
4. Programmable Thermostat
Are you heating your home when no one’s home? According to TheDailyGreen.com, most households spend fifty to seventy percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling. Program your thermostat to lower the temperature during times when you are gone at work or asleep at night. For each degree you lower the thermostat, you can save between up to three percent off your heating bill.