‘Tis the season to crank up the radiators. This is the time of year when temperatures plummet, and heating bills tend to soar. The good news, though, is that there are a few easy things you can do to lower you energy consumption and save a significant amount without sacrificing your family’s comfort.
Drafts around windows, doors and even outlets and light switches are leading causes of energy loss. By blocking those drafts, you can keep the warm air inside and the cold air out.
Drafts around doors can be blocked with weather stripping, a draft snake or even a rolled up towel, and clear plastic sheeting is ideal for sealing drafty windows. If you feel cold air around your outlets or light switches, remove the plates, and install insulation.
Winterize Your Water Heater
Water heaters use a lot of energy, especially during cold weather. To decrease how much your water heater needs to work to keep water home, you may consider wrapping it in an insulated blanket – as long as your heater is not gas-powered.
You can also save up to 10% on the average annual cost of operating your water heater by simply decreasing the temperature. The standard setting for a water heater is 60 degrees Celsius, but you can safely turn it down to about 48 degrees.
Another option is to simply install a timer on your water heater. There is no reason to heat water when you aren’t using it. Set the timer to turn on an hour or two before you would typically shower or using hot water for laundry, washing dishes, etc. A good insulated water heater jacket will keep the water in the tank warm most of the day.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
During the cold months, ceiling fans should be set to rotate in a clockwise direction. This simple change could save you as much as 10% on your heating bill. When spinning clockwise, your ceiling fan will push warm air downward, making the space warmer.
These are just a few of the many ways to conserve energy in your home during the winter months. In doing so, you will save money on your bills while creating less of an environmental impact.