5 Ways to Cut Down on Winter Energy Costs
The weather is becoming colder, and the days are getting shorter. Brace yourselves; winter energy bills are coming. Your energy bills don’t have to take the fun out of another Wisconsin winter. There are several things you can do to make your home more energy efficient without setting fire to your wallet.
Let the Light In
Let the warm, radiant light of the sun pour in on sunny days, naturally heating your home. Soak in as much free heat as possible by keeping your blinds open on sunny days. Once it becomes dark or overcast, close the drapes to keep that heat inside.
Seal the Cracks
Even the tiniest crack in your home can let dollars’ worth of heat seep out of your home. Before it becomes too cold, thoroughly check your home for potential air leaks. Most people check their windows, but basements, attics and chimneys tend to be the biggest culprits for letting heat escape from your home.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Early in our lives, we’ve had one or both parents swatting our hands away from the thermostat. According to the US Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% per year on your heating bill by setting the thermostat cooler on winter nights. If you’re able, upgrade to a smart thermostat which you can program to automatically adjust to a cooler temperature at night or during the hours that no one is home. Bundle up in your flannel sheets and dream about what you’ll do with the extra cash you’re saving from heating your home more efficiently.
Keep Your Furnace Clean
Check your furnace’s filter monthly, ensuring that it is clean. A dirty or blocked filter can prevent your furnace from heating your home properly, leading to energy loss and potential damage. This is also a good time to check the air vents around your home, ensuring they are clean and unblocked by furniture. Be sure to have your furnace checked annually by a professional.
Use LED Lightbulbs
Switch out your old holiday lights with strings of LED lights. LED lightbulbs are up to 80% more efficient than regular incandescent lightbulbs and emit less heat too, making them safer. LED bulbs are also made more resistant to breakage than the average lightbulb, so you can keep them around for years to come. You can have a holly jolly holiday, and save some money too!
Energy costs don’t have to leave you bitter about another beautiful Wisconsin winter. By properly preparing your home and adjusting how you do it, you can relax by the fire knowing your home is more energy efficient and your winter costs will be lower. Just remember to close the damper after the fire is out!