How to save energy and money during heater season
The top priorities for heating any home should be safety, reliability and energy efficiency. Choosing the right Space heaters along with some do-it-yourself ingenuity to winterize your home will help you save energy and money during this heater season. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Get a heater you can trust
A good space heater isn’t just ETL-listed (which means it’s certified for safety) or easy to turn on with a remote control. When looking for energy efficiency in a space heater, you’ll want to find features like thermostats and timers, which let you precision-set how warm you want your space. Using a ceramic space heater to warm the room you’re in is a great way to save energy in your home to begin with, so make the most of your energy efficiency with a smart, safe and trusted model.
Take steps to winterize your home
Winterizing your home may sound like a major project, but as a series of basic projects at The Daily Green makes clear, it doesn’t have to be. Take on these small DIY efforts over the course of a few weeks and you’ll be on your way to saving power:
• Stop door drafts: The U.S. Department of Energy reported that basic drafts can waste between 5 and 30 percent of your energy use, so plug them up with the help of draft snakes and other clever home features.
• Reset your home thermostat: Use your programmable home thermostat, or install one. Once set, it automatically remembers to turn the heat down for you. For each degree lowered, you can save 1-3 percent off your heating costs.
• Get out the storm doors and windows: Your window and doors’ mesh screens aren’t doing your home much good in winter. Replace them with storm doors and windows to cut down on costs dramatically and retain heat.
• Caulk and weatherstrip leaky windows: According to the DOE, basic leaks around your windows can do as much damage to energy efficiency as door drafts. Seal up gaps with calking or weatherstripping to save energy and money.
• Put on a sweater: Sometimes the best protection from a chilly night is just a thick, wooly sweater, pointed out the news source.
Consider an energy audit
DIY home energy conservation is a great start, but you may want to consider calling in the professionals. Not only can they give you further tips for your portable heater, but an energy auditor will tour your house and tell you exactly what’s in need of fixing up for maximum efficiency. Call up your utilities company to ask about energy auditors in your area – many times, the company will even foot the audit bill.
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