Continue to Practice Energy Efficiency as Seasons Change
Even though winter has departed, there’s still the potential for snowstorms and cold days in much of the country. There may be a temptation to reduce your efforts at energy conservation, all together in exchange for comfort. However, there are solid ways to get that warmth and still enjoy a lower electric bill.
To minimize the cost and maximize your comfort, you can lower your thermostat and rely more on electric space heaters for times when the chill is at its greatest during the next few weeks. More than likely, you’re still keeping to a winter schedule and spending more time indoors than you will be during warmer weather.
Continue to practice your energy-saving habits until true spring weather occurs and your wallet will thank you. Turning down your thermostat – but never below 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent pipes from freezing – by even a few degrees can make a significant difference in your utility bill. For times when you don’t need to occupy the whole house, consider using a ceramic space heater. These are great for keeping a single room in the house cozy and warm while cutting down on wasteful heating in empty rooms.
Set the Thermostat
The first step that you can do is to lower your thermostat settings. Just remember to keep it at least at 55°F to prevent your pipes from freezing. If you do choose to do this, you can simply opt to use electric space heaters in order to warm up rooms that are currently being used and save on wasteful heating in unoccupied rooms.
Install Window Treatments
Your sun-facing windows are a good source not just of natural light but natural heating as well, but you should keep them shut and well-draped at night for added insulation. To further prevent your precious heat from leaking, there are two types of window treatments you can do the following:
Interior Window Treatments
There are different drapes, blinds, and quilts specially designed to provide insulation at night. Whatever it is you choose, just make sure that they are properly fitted to your windows and there are ways to secure them from moving, such as snaps or velcro.
Exterior Window Treatments
You can also opt to install shutters and awnings outside your windows to prevent the chilly winds from banging on your windows. We prefer retractable ones so you can easily adjust them to your preference according to the seasons.
What’s great about window treatments is that they don’t just keep heat inside your house, but they also prevent it from coming in during the hottest days of summer.
Caulk Air Leaks
Finally, don’t forget about the spots that are easily missed: the holes and cracks in the structure of your home. They can be sometimes hard to find, and you might even require professional help. Fortunately, you can use low-cost caulk to deal with them and make the entire operation easy on the budget.
So you see, the winter months shouldn’t put a big dent on your utility expenses. There are affordable ways to insulate your home.
Natural Light and Warmth
With the onset of daylight saving time, there’s more natural light available to stream into your home. While the level of sunlight is far more intense in summer, there’s still some warmth that can be harnessed if you open the curtains on windows facing the sun during the day. Windows with southern exposure take in the most sunlight.
However, continue to shut shades and drapes at night when colder temperatures occur because they’ll provide heat retention throughout the house. If you use storm windows, don’t replace them until the prospect of wintry days are no longer likely.
While you’ve probably sealed any leaks around your windows and doors, there are other areas of your home where cold air can seep in. Utility cut-throughs for pipes, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in ceilings are all places that are often overlooked when it comes to weatherization. The unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets are other areas that aren’t as well insulated as the rest of the house. You can use insulating foam or caulking to fill such gaps for better energy efficiency.
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