How to Save Power During The WinterDecember 18, 2019
The calendar page turns, and just like that winter is upon us. We have long since put away the summer gear, and now, find ourselves digging out the snowblower and shovels from the garage. With the dawn of winter also comes shorter and darker days that translate into more energy usage. Do you have a plan on how you can cut back and save power this winter? Here are some simple but smart ideas on winter power savers.
Why Is My Electric Bill So High?
The answer to this question really depends on your family’s energy usage. Take a few minutes to examine your family’s patterns of usage for the: lights, hairdryer, washer and dryer, dishwasher, oven (if its electric), and the technology in your house. Sometimes it can be eye-opening for homeowners to realize how much they use these appliances and how much electricity could be saved.
Energy Saving Thermostats
The coldest days of the year are typically around mid-December to late January in the New England region, which results in more work for our heating systems. Sometimes, it may feel like your furnace is constantly on during the winter. Investing in a programmable thermostat can drastically lower your heating bills. A “smart” thermostat can be programmed to reduce heating while homeowners are away from the house and can schedule it to turn on prior to their arrival home. This ability to program peak times of use and turn it down and up based upon the family’s schedule can save lots of energy and money over the course of the winter.
Use Smart Lighting Habits
Using the lights more often can not really be avoided unless you plan on living in a darkened home. You can, however, switch to a more energy-efficient bulb. LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Changing out your bulbs and becoming more aware to turn off the lights once you leave a room can cut back on your electricity bill.
Retain Warm Air Inside Your Home
There are numerous ways that your home could be leaking the warm air that is being pumped out by your heating system. Windows that are drafty should be sealed or repaired. Heating pipes can be wrapped to hold in the heat. Insulation can be added to the attic. If you have an attached garage, keep the door closed to prevent the cold air from getting in and the warm air from escaping. Many home heating efficiency experts also suggest using the sun to help warm your home by keeping curtains open on the side where the sun is at its highest during the day. This solar heating can help keep your home warm during daylight hours. Lastly, don’t forget to seal up the air from getting in your chimney when you are not using the fireplace.
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