We are nearing the days when the temperatures will be dipping into what most of us consider “cold”. As well, the calendar will be reflecting the next season, winter. There are simple things we can do around our home to make them more energy efficient and comfortable this winter.
Stop the Drafts
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% off your energy use. Drafts can occur around your opening of your home, like your windows and doors. Something as simple as a door draft snake can make a difference in the comfort of your home. You don’t even have to buy one at the store, you can make one by simply rolling up a toweling and placing at the threshold any door leading to the outside.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
Although you may think your ceiling fan is to be used only to lower the temperature in your room, it can also be used to help keep your room warmer. In the cooler month, make sure your ceiling fans are rotating clockwise. The clockwise rotation pulls the warm air that has risen to your ceiling and pushes it back down into the room.
Lower the Temperature
Lowering the temperature in your home is a sure way to save money on your energy bills. For every degree that you lower your thermostat, you can save 1% to 3% on your heating bill. Okay, so you’ve lowered the thermostat but now you are anything but comfortable. Putting on a long sleeve t-shire will make it feel roughly 2 degrees warm, while a sweater will add roughly 4 degrees.
Have you ever wondered how well you compare to other homes in your area? Maybe you are an energy saver aficionado or maybe you really do need a little help in improving the energy efficiency of your home. The Energy Star website has a great little tool that will help you asses your energy consumption. Be prepared to gather some information to get the most accurate assessment. So, are you an aficionado or do you need some help? Don't be shy, let us know!