Saving energy this winter doesn’t have to be expensive. For many of us, when it comes to saving energy, a few things come to mind: new appliances; updated furnace; LED light bulbs. While these are indeed ways to save energy, they’re also expensive.
When it comes to saving energy you don’t have to spend big bucks. For example, the Department of Energy says just lower your thermostat 10 degrees and you can lower your bill by 10%. That’s an example of free stuff you can do. Here are some more:
First, use the sun to your advantage. Open curtains during the day to let the sun warm things up and close them at night to block the cold.
Next, adjust and wrap your water heater. Lowering the temperature on your water heater costs nothing. And by doing so, it will prevent scalding. A wrap costs about $25 and it will keep the heat in like a winter coat.
The next project is to seal gaps. Caulk is cheap (less than $5 a tube) and can work wonders. If you have a drafty house, you can apply caulk around your windows, outlets and where pipes come into your home. The point is to seal gaps anywhere air can get in. And as an added bonus, sealing gaps will also keep critters out.
Next, change your furnace filter every month. It costs just a few bucks, takes only a few minutes and keeps your system healthy. You can also insulate your attic door. It’s a forgotten place to insulate and one where heat easily escapes.
Finally, you can seal your windows with film. It’s like plastic wrap and installs quickly. It keeps cold air out and you can take it off in the spring.
The bottom line about saving energy is that you don’t have to spend a lot to save a lot. So now is the time to put these tips into action. And by doing so, that will make this winter a lot cheaper.