10 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bills For The Winter
Winter! It’s beautiful! It’s clean! It’s quiet! The cool air snaps you awake in the mornings and at night you cuddle under nice warm blankets. That’s how you may see winter if you are a cold-weather person. If you’re not, winter isn’t that welcoming when you think of the high-energy bills that comes with it.
Here are a few tips on reducing those energy bills so you can finally enjoy winter like most folks who live in New England.
- First off, have an energy audit. Call your utility company for assistance in locating an energy auditor in your area. In many cases, the utility company will provide this service for free. If they offer discounts, rebates or other incentives for upgrades to your home – take them.
- Get rid of your second refrigerator. The cost of running a new refrigerator is inexpensive; an older fridge though can be hundreds of dollars a year.
- Use your microwave instead of the oven. When you are just reheating something, use the microwave. According the federal government’s Energy Star program, you can save up to 80% on energy.
- If you use natural gas to heat your home, call your utility company to find out the best rate per therm you can lock in.
- Use a humidifier. Adding moisture lets you lower the thermostat without feeling much colder.
- Get a hot water heater blanket if your unit is over 5 years old. Just like insulating your walls or roof, insulating your hot water tank is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency and save you money each month.
- If you have ceiling fans, put the fans in reverse during the winter to move rising heat downward.
- Seal drafts around doors and windows using weather stripping or caulking. You can also get rid of drafts around windows by Shrink film; this clear plastic sheeting shrinks drum-tight when heated with a hair dryer. Also, thermal curtains are a great way to retain heat; the only problem, you must keep them closed.
- Insulation reduces the loss of heated/cooled air, reduces the strain on your system, and reduces your energy bills. Check that your home is well-insulated and upgrade if necessary.
- Keep your home heating systems maintained. Replace your furnace filter on a regular basis and Have your HVAC service provider perform a checkup on your system.