Reducing the level of heat in your home can be not only beneficial for your wallet, but can also help lessen your impact on the planet. In many cases, the cost of utilities takes up a significant portion of the monthly expenses of regular home operations. Whatever your reason, there are some helpful tips that can reduce your dependence on energy consumption and still help your home stay warm.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Energy Use?
Reduce energy use and maintain temperatures in your home by:
- Using the sun for free heat by opening curtains on the windows facing the sun
- Closing curtains when the sun goes down
- Donning socks, sweaters, and throw blankets around the house
- Setting the ceiling fans to turn clockwise and push heat down
- Turning the thermostat down 10-15 degrees at night
- Closing and sealing off rooms that are not often used and direct flow
- Cleaning your furnace and checking the filter monthly
- Purchasing a humidifier to add heat and moisture to the area
- Insulating areas where heat may escape, such as doors and windows
- Using exhaust fans only when necessary
In addition to following these tips, it may also be helpful to carry over these energy saving tips to your heated water as well. Reducing the amount of time spent in the shower, washing clothes with cold water, and lowering the temperature when using the dishwasher can lead to significant savings. In addition, you can reduce the total temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees, saving 14-25% in energy costs over the entirety of the frigid winter months.
If you are wondering if you are doing all that you can around your home to save on your heating expenses and energy use this winter, schedule a consultation with A-1 Sewer & Septic Services, Inc. Our qualified plumbers can help you today!