Tips for Conserving Heat to Keep Your Energy Bills Lower this Winter
Heating your Western New York home typically makes up about 29% of your utility bill.
Did you know that heating your Western New York home typically makes up about 29% of your utility bill? This can be a cause for concern in the winter months and with our colder temperatures. Your HVAC system typically consumes the most energy, of all things, in your home. We are going to review some tips for conserving heat, so you can not only stay comfortable in your home, but you can keep your energy bills lower this winter as well.
Tips for Conserving Heat
To keep your energy expenses down, you need to keep the heat inside your Western New York home, so you aren’t overusing your heating unit to warm up. While having an energy efficient heater can help you save money on heating your home, there are other steps you can take to stay warm and keep some extra money in your wallet this winter. Let’s review.
– Use Window Treatments to Your Advantage: One of the easiest things you can do, to help warm up your home, is to open your curtains and blinds during the daytime. Naturally heat your home by opening the curtains of south-facing windows during the day to embrace solar energy. It’s also important to close all window coverings at night to reduce the chill and heat loss. Closing the curtains during the winter nights helps reduce up to 10% in heat loss from a warm room. If you don’t already have thermal curtains, you may want to consider upgrading to them, as they can add an extra layer of insulation to your windows.
– Eliminate Drafts and Air Leaks: Another great way to keep your home warm and conserve heat is to make sure your home isn’t allowing heat to escape. A third of a typical home’s heat loss occurs through windows and doors. Air can also leak into or out of the house through the cracks and gaps inside your home, such as electrical outlets, baseboards, and attic hatches. Seal around openings to make your home less drafty and to keep the warm air inside. Caulking air leaks can save an average household 10% to 20% on annual heating and cooling bills. Another option is weather-stripping your windows, which can save you an additional 5% to 10% annually. Caulking and weather-stripping usually pay for themselves and then some.
– Keep the Thermostat Down: During the winter months, you should set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable and decrease the set point when you’re sleeping or away from home. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests keeping the temperature no higher than 68°F during the colder months of the year, and lowering that by at least 10 degrees while you sleep or are away. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, investing in one can save you at least 10% a year on heating and cooling expenses, so it may be time to upgrade.
– Clean and Replace Air Filters: A clogged or dirty filter in your Hamburg and Erie County home affects the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. A grimy filter can impede the air flow of your system. The air filter’s job is to capture all the dust and particles in your home’s air before that air gets to the HVAC system. When you have a dirty filter, it makes your heating and air conditioning system work harder to move the air through your system. The extra work, will drive up your energy bills, increase your carbon footprint, and cause your heating and cooling costs to rise. According to the Department of Energy, a dirty air filter can increase energy costs by up to 15%. Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as recommended.
– Embrace Your Ceiling Fans: While you know that ceiling fans can help to keep a room cooler, did you also know that they can help you conserve heat and stay warm? Normally, ceiling fans rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down and producing a slight wind chill effect, allowing you to feel cooler. In the winter, you can switch your ceiling fan’s blade rotation to clockwise, producing an updraft and moving the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the room. Hot air rises, so reversing and utilizing your ceiling fans, even in the winter, can push the warmth down to you.
This winter you should be comfortable in your Western New York home and that doesn’t only mean physically, it also means with your energy expenses. By utilizing the above tips for conserving heat, you can keep your energy bills lower this winter.
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