There are always things that you can do to conserve energy at home. Since winter time is upon us, let’s discuss some things that you can do to save energy during the winter months.
Since you more than likely are going to be using heat during the winter months, now is the perfect time to either clean your heat filter or purchase a new one. If your heat filter is dirty, you will have to set the temperature about four to five degrees higher to get the same results than if you just has a clean or new filter. That is a huge energy sucker right there. Speaking of having the heat on, a good temperature to leave it at is 72 degrees. That is just a standard average, and obviously some people are more cold or hot natured than others, so feel free to use whatever temperature makes you comfortable. When you go to head out for work, or away for the weekend, turn the heat down about four or five degrees. This will save tremendous money on your power bill if you do it consistently. Well why don’t I just turn the heat off when I leave my home you may ask. Don’t do it!! This is a very bad idea. If you turn the heat off before you leave your home, when you return home and turn it back on, it will have to work quite hard to reach your ideal temperature. Not only will this end up costing you more money on your power bill, but you’ll spend an hour or two freezing until the heat reaches its set point.
Another cheap and easy energy saving tip is to turn all of your ceiling fans counter clock wise. This will cause the fans to circulate the warm air downwards, instead of circulating cold air.
As during any time of year, turning off lights and appliances that aren’t currently in use, as well as unplugging the appliances that you can easily unplug and re plug in will also save you money on your power bill.
Replacing your traditional tank water heater with a best electric tankless water heater will save you tremendously on energy costs. As a tankless water heater is designed to only heat water on demand, having a tankless water heater will save you money on your power and water bill. Having a tankless water heater will also ensure that you will never have to take a cold shower again.
Replacing the glass on large and older windows will help keep out the cold during the winter months. By doing this, you may even be able to comfortably turn your heat down anymore. If you can’t afford new windows, you can always purchase a window tint or a window glaze. These options won’t help as much as completely replacing the windows, but they are a cheaper alternative, and will also cut down on energy costs.
The biggest, and unfortunately most expensive way to save on energy costs is to make sure that your home is insulated properly. While this is quite expensive, it is not something that you will have to do often. If your house is not insulated properly, you can turn up the heater as high as it will go and still be cold.
Making sure to only use the washer and dryer when you have a full load of laundry also helps with energy costs.
More tips here: http://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips