Advice to Reduce Home Energy Costs During Winter
Before you know it, we’ll be shutting up the house and preparing for the long Minnesota heating season.
It’s never too early to consider ways to help reduce energy consumption and costs. Here are some easy fall and winter energy tips:
Let the Sunshine In
Open the curtains on the south side of your home to maximize the winter sun’s warming powers. Just be sure to shut those same curtains once the sun is down to keep the warmth in and the cool out.
Reduce Air Leaks
Reducing leakage throughout your home can cut 10 percent from an average household's monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets. Check around and fix any air leaks you discover.
Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature is an easy way to save energy costs. Program it for a cool temperature setting when everyone is away at work or school, and again when your family is asleep. And warm it up on weekends and evenings when everyone is around. Don’t be afraid to set the temperature as cool as you can. Every degree you go down saves more energy and money.
Reduce Your Water Heater Setting
Water heaters can account for 14-25% of the energy consumed in the home, so reducing the temperature setting to 120-degrees can really impact your energy bill.
Other simple energy tips include shutting your fireplace damper when it’s not in use. And if you don’t use your wood-burning fireplace, consider having it permanently sealed. Make sure your heating vents aren’t blocked by furniture or window treatments. It’s of no use to you to have the source or your heat covered up!
Follow these simple energy tips and you’ll have a comfortable and more affordable fall and winter heating season.
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