What homeowner isn’t looking for ways to save energy, and money all while staying comfortable at home?
Here are a few energy-saving tips to try and keep in mind at home:
- Find and seal leaks. Cold air can leak into the home through minor cracks and gaps in windows and doorways.
- Check the heating system’s efficiency. If you notice uneven heating or the system needs frequent repairs, schedule an inspection by a professional.
- Use energy-efficient holiday lights. The pretty holiday lights that decorate your home can burn electricity. Invest in LED lights to minimize energy usage.
- Consider a programmable thermostat. Reducing the heat by only a few degrees when you’re sleeping or out of the house will help save money.
- Cover drafty windows. If your home does not have energy-efficient windows, tightly seal them with clear plastic sheets covering the frames.
- Replace air filters. Dirty or clogged air filters force your heating system to work harder for proper airflow, using extra energy and raising costs.
- Reduce water heating costs. Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For even bigger savings, consider replacing your water heater with a heat pump water heater, which can be 2-3 times more energy-efficient than conventional gas or electric resistance water heaters.