As the leaves turn orange and red, you can do a few things around your home to save some green. Follow the tips below to prepare your home for a more energy-efficient and comfortable winter.
- Air leaks in your home not only cause uncomfortable drafts but waste energy. Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets.
- Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use. It’s also a good time to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
- Don’t block your radiators or vents with furniture. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free.
- Have your heating system serviced once a year by a certified technician.
- Regularly replace heating system filters.
- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or not at home. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy. For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about two percent off your heating bill.
- A programmable thermostat can help tailor the temperature to your schedule.
- Use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day on the south side of your home to allow solar heating. Close them at night to retain heat.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucets.
- Use the energy-saving settings on dishwashers and washing machines and run them with full loads. Wash clothes in cold water.