Considering the way things have been going so far this winter, it’s safe to say it has been a cold one and it doesn’t look like there is any relief in sight. However, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you’re electric bill has to go up! Here are some simple ways to keep warm this winter while still staying cost – and energy – efficient.
- Use a programmable thermostat. There is no need to keep the heat turned up when you aren’t home or sleeping. Being able to turn down the heat for long periods of time when you are at work or at night can make a major difference in your overall energy consumption. If there are rooms in your house that you don’t usually use, such as a guest bedroom or bathroom, consider turning off the heat. Adjusting your thermostat can make a big difference on your utility bills.
- Regular maintenance is essential to keep your furnace efficient. Nothing is worse than paying for heat that you don’t benefit from, so if you have a forced air furnace, make sure to clean or change the furnace filter once a month.
- Plug leaks and holes. To keep the heat in and cold out, winterize windows and doors by caulking and weather stripping. In addition, think about insulating your attic and walls so the cold stays outside.
Do you have other tips for staying warm and energy efficient this winter? Comment below!
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