During the cold winter months, it is almost impossible not to take advantage of your heating system in order to keep warm. However, this can cause your energy bills to jump up over the course of those months.
So do you avoid turning on the heat, and sacrifice comfort in your own home for lower energy costs? Or do you crank up the heat and worry about the higher bills when it comes time to pay them?
Rather than having to make sacrifices one way or the other, there are many steps you can take both around the house and with your HVAC system that will help to warm your home while keeping your monthly energy bills at a reasonable rate.
Ways to Save Energy Around the Home
Some simple, and some a little more difficult that will make a big difference—here are six ways to conserve heat while using less energy within your home so that your monthly costs are a bit easier to swallow:
- Exhaust Fans – After using the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms, it is important not to leave them running longer than necessary. Remembering to turn off your exhaust fans after 20 minutes of use will help to keep energy costs down.
- Shades and Curtains – An easy way to make sure your system is not having to work as hard to maintain a warm temperature in your home is to make sure that your shades and curtains are open to allow warm sun exposure during the day, and are closed in the evenings and while you sleep to help block the cold night air from entering your home.
- Fireplace Dampers – Many homes that have fireplaces are allowing heat to escape without even knowing it. Even when there is a fire going, most of the heat escapes through the chimney along with the smoke. Make sure to close the damper on your fireplace when it is not in use to prevent any generated heat from escaping through the chimney.
- Weather Sealant – Another way for heat to escape is through the cracks around your windows and doors. Applying weather sealant along the edges of your windows and d
oors will help to stop heat from escaping your home.
- Duct Sealant – The heating and cooling ducts within your home can allow heat to escape before even entering the ventilation system, which is wasted energy. Use a sealant on the seams and connections of your ductwork so that the heat is actually making its way into your home.
- Insulation – Installing insulation throughout your home is a necessary component in preventing heat from escaping. Insulating everything possible—even including your hot water heater as well as your ducts after they are sealed—will help the heat remain inside your home.
These tips, though they may not seem like much, can truly make a difference in the amount of energy use from your HVAC system—and these are just some of the things that you can do around the house.
For even more savings, there are changes and additions you can make to your HVAC system that will help to minimize its energy usage.
Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your HVAC System
Here are six more ways to cut down energy costs by improving the efficiency of your heating system:
- Replace filters – As part of the general maintenance of your HVAC system, air filters should be replaced as often as once a month. Dirty filters will slow the airflow within your system, causing it to work harder to create an adequate amount of heat.
- Tune-Ups – Similar to a car, your HVAC system needs a tune-up every year. This will ensure that any parts that have been worn or corroded are replaced so that the system is not being slowed down as a result of poor quality of its parts.
- Thermostat Settings – During the winter, you may come in from a cold day and feel the need to turn up the heat as much as possible. However, setting the temperature as low as you are able for your comfort level each day will conserve that extra amount of energy.
- Programmable Thermostat – Installing a programmable thermostat in your home will allow you to set the temperature according to different times of the day. Instead of leaving the heat running for the entire day, you are able to set the thermostat for the heat to turn on an hour before you arrive so that you can still walk into a warm, comfortable house.
- Central Humidifier – Humidity causes any environment to feel much warmer than it actually is. Installing a central humidifier in your home will provide you with more warmth, and allows you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower so that you are using less heat.
- Product Choice – Having the right products installed is a major factor when it comes to consuming energy in your home. When replacing old or installing new systems and appliances, make sure you are choosing products that are energy-efficient to help lower your bills.
So far, there are already twelve ways to lower your heating costs within your home. On top of these, there are still a couple of other strategies:
- You can request an audit of your home energy usage. This will ensure that your furnace and appliances are performing optimally and find out whether anything needs to be fixed or replaced.
- An option that is not very well known is to jump onto your utility company’s budget plan. Some utility companies will average out your monthly bills so that you are not making unusually large payments during the winter months.
With so many ways to save, these tips will prevent you from spending your hard-earned money on wasted energy. Whether you choose to utilize one, a few, or all of these options within your home will determine how much your monthly costs will be affected.
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Are your energy costs shooting through the roof throughout the winter season? Are you struggling to stay warm so that you don’t have to make over-the-top payments? If you are interested in finding more ways to lower your monthly heating bills, we are here to guide you along the way.
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