As the temperature outside drops, our energy bill increases. This time of the year we often get questions similar to “How can I reduce my energy bill?”. There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your bill and we created a list of a few things you can consciously change to help cut costs.
How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient in The Winter
Some of these options are bigger projects while some others are small changes in your everyday life. Please consider which options are best for you!
- Get rid of any drafts or leaks. Oftentimes, in older homes, there are drafty windows. You can install new windows and according to Lifehack, 38% of your home’s energy loss in the colder months is through poorly insulated windows and doors. This percentage can also raise to 50% if your home has single-pane windows or aluminum sliders. If you cannot get replace your windows immediately, try using a towel or blanket to cover the draft. If you’re not sure if replacing your windows is the best option for you, check out our blog on this topic.
- Upgrade your appliances. The older the appliance, the less energy efficient it will be. An easy way to increase your energy efficiency is to invest in newer units. This can include water heaters, furnaces, refrigerators, and air conditioning units.
- Adjust the thermostat. When you’re home try and keep the thermostat as low as possible to where you are still comfortable. When you are asleep or away from the house, consider turning the thermostat back by 10-15 degrees for eight hours. This can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. If you invest in a smart thermostat you can program it to do this automatically.
- Maintain your heating system. Schedule a service for your heating system. Remember to replace your filter once a month for your furnace and heat pumps. The flute vent on wood and pellet-burning heaters should be cleaned regularly with a wire brush periodically.
- Install a Retractable Awning: In the summer, your awning blocks the sun so you save on your AC bill. But, the great thing about a retractable awning is that you can roll it up to let the sun in and get natural heat.
- Check your roof for leaks. Be sure to check your roof for any cracks that could be causing leaks. This can be the source of any lost heat. For more information about roofs, click here.
- Reduce any heat lost from your fireplace. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Try getting a tempered glass door installed and a heat-air exchange system that blows air back into the room.
- Lower your holiday lighting costs. Use LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
Milanese Remodeling Has You Covered
Cutting the cost of your electric bill in the winter is possible! If you’re thinking of replacing any of your old windows that let in a draft, Milanese Remodeling has plenty to choose from along with new siding and more. For more information, contact us today!