During the fall and winter, it’s best to take care of minor energy saving adjustments around the home so you and your family can look forward to staying warm while you have fun. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money for you to keep your home at a warm temperature. Follow these five tips to save energy at zero cost.
Close the damper
You can lose a lot of air from your house if you leave the fireplace damper on. You can check that it’s closed by shining a flashlight and quickly poking your head inside, if the light shines on a barrier then the damper is closed. If you can see the light go all the way up, it’s open. You should make it a habit to shut the flue after everything around your fireplace has cooled.
Set the Temperature Manually
Simply setting your thermostat to one temperature in the morning and another at night can help you save on your energy bill. The temperature you choose might depend on whether or not your family usually stays home. If you’re all mostly out of the house, the thermostat can be set to a cooler temperature. Another way to save is to slowly decrease the temperature of your thermostat by one degree each week. You can start off with a warmer setting and then lower the temperature over a longer period of time.
Get your Furnace Checked
There’s one thing you don’t want to take a chance on this winter and that is the furnace you depend on to keep your family warm. Many furnace units can die out after 10-15 years and if they’re not working well, they could need replacement parts. That’s why it’s a good idea to do a furnace tune up this fall — in fact, you can call a furnace repair specialist who will come to your house in order to assess the working condition of your HVAC unit.
Set Ceiling Fan Blades for Winter
Many people don’t realize that running the ceiling fan during the winter can actually help heat a home. Turning the fan on can help you save money on your energy bill by doing some of the work for your HVAC unit. Setting your blades to move clockwise in the winter lifts cool air to the ceiling while pushing hot air down into the room. Be sure to run your fans slowly in order to get the full effect.
Lower the Hot Water Temperature
Some people set their water heater temperature higher than it needs to be with the expectation that such a setting will allow for the water to heat up faster. In fact, choosing a lower temperature will save you money on fuel because the temperature setting doesn’t affect the speed at which the water heats up. It’s a good idea to lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees.
There are many simple adjustments that you can make to your daily routine in order to save money on your energy bill. Why not try some of these simple fixes today?