Many homeowners notice when the temperatures drop, their energy bills rise. This isn’t a unique problem; it’s something that almost every homeowner faces each year. Luckily, there are several things you can do to save money on your energy costs this winter. Here are some of our best tips and tricks for saving money when it starts to get cold outside:
Make Sure Your Air Filters are Clean
One of the leading factors in an inefficient heating system is a dirty or clogged air filter. Your heater or furnace requires a constant stream of clean air to operate efficiently. If your air filter is dirty, the heater or furnace will strain to operate efficiently. This will result in higher energy bills and greater risk of an unexpected breakdown.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Holiday Lights
Before you begin decking the halls, consider the lights you purchase. Most stores sell energy-efficient lighting options in addition to more traditional options. It’s also a good idea to purchase lights that will work on a timer so you won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving them on.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Heating your water in the winter is more difficult than in the summer because of the exposure to cold air. The water heater takes longer to heat up and has more difficulty retaining heat. A water heater insulator helps improve efficiency and keeps the water heater warmer for longer.
Make Use of Your Ceiling Fan
Did you know that you can use your ceiling fan to keep your rooms warm in the winter? In the summer, we use them to keep our rooms cool, but if you turn the ceiling fan to the reverse or clockwise setting, it will help push warm air down from the ceiling to ground level. This way, you can keep your heater or furnace at a lower setting.
Open the Curtains
Take a cue from your cats or dogs that love sunbathing in front of a curtain-less window. Keeping the curtains open during the day and letting the sun get inside your home will heat things naturally and allow you to turn down the heat without sacrificing the warmth in your home.
Put on a Sweater
It may sound simple, but if you’re cold at home, it might be time to layer up instead of cranking the heat. Saving money on your energy bills in the winter is easy if you are resourceful enough to wear warm wool socks, sweaters, and even long johns at home.
Looking for more tips on saving on your energy bills this winter? Ask the real estate experts at Tarvin Realtors for their professional tips. Call (201) 444-0690 today.