During the winter time and those horribly cold days people tend to turn the heat up in their homes rather than wear warmer clothes inside.  This can cause a serious hike in the electrical bill, and also makes outside feel that much colder.  To avoid the electrical bill hike and the extra chill, follow some, or all, of the steps below and you’ll notice a savings on your electricity bill and you’ll also be doing your part in cutting down on wasted emissions.

Take Advantage of the Sun

Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

Cover drafty windows

Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.

Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.

Adjust the temperature

Instead of cranking up the heat during the really cold days, wear your sweater and nice warm pants, and when you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.

When you’re asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back and save on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.

Maintain your heating systems

Schedule service for your heating system.

Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.

Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.

Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.

Lower your water heating costs

Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting. You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid burning your hands.

These are just some tips to follow to help you have a more energy efficient home during the winter.  As mentioned, not only will you lower your electricity bill, but you’ll also be doing your part to lower overall emissions.

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