Some of the most effective ways to conserve energy in your home don’t require heavy lifting or major expense.
Here are 5 ways to winterize your home and reduce utility costs this holiday season:
Look For Gaps
Put your detective cap on and perform a thorough investigation of your home’s interior for spots air may be escaping. Drafty doors and windows are often the main culprits of energy loss- some caulk and a draft blocker can go a long way.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
In the summer, ceiling fans create a wind chill effect to cool the air below it. In the winter, you can reverse the effect and force the warmer air to stay lower. Need help? Here is a video on How To Reverse A Ceiling Fan.
Inspect Roof, Gutters & Insulation
Checking insulation levels and quality, looking for roof punctures, identifying areas prone to ice damming- these are all critical factors in conserving your home’s heat in the winter. If you do not feel safe climbing a ladder to thoroughly inspect your roof and gutters, call a professional. Schedule a free roofing inspection.
New filters and a professional tune-up help your furnace operate cleaner and more efficiently when you use it most. Regular maintenance is the best way to increase the lifespan of your equipment.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy reports you can save up to 1% on your energy bill for every degree lower your home’s temperature in the winter. Installing a programmable thermostat, or a smart thermostat such as Nest, can help manage usage more efficiently.