When the days get shorter it is time to start thinking about ways you can minimize your winter energy costs. There is no escaping increasing heating costs as the outside temperature drops. Unpredictable weather patterns make it difficult to know exactly how high your heating costs will be. You have several ways you can save energy during the winter, even when your heater is running at full capacity.
The first thing you can do is turn your thermostat down two degrees. Put on a sweatshirt and throw another blanket on the bed and you will barely notice the difference. The savings you see on your first energy bill after turning your set temperature down will be worth it.
Insulating your water tank and turning the heater thermostat down two degrees is another effective way to lower your energy costs. You can consider swapping out your old shower heads for low-flow models. A low-flow shower head conserves water so there is less water to heat.
Winterizing the rest of your home will make it easier for your heater to do its job. A qualified HVAC technician can survey your home and let you know if you have enough insulation. Upgrading to double-pane windows is an effective way to prevent heat transfer. Apply caulk to any cracks in the seams around your door and window frames to keep out the drafts.
If you are still using incandescent light bulbs, swap them out for LED or CFL bulbs. These types of bulbs are more energy efficient. During the summer, they save on cooling costs because they do not give off heat the way incandescent bulbs do.
Energy companies charge higher rates for usage during peak hours. It will cost you less to run your major appliances if you do your chores between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm or 9 pm and 6 am.
Many of these habits will save you energy all year round, not just during the winter. Every little bit counts and when you add it all together, you should see a significant decrease in your yearly energy usage.
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