5 Essential Winter Energy Saving Tips In MassachusettsNovember 12, 2021
Welp — it’s that time of the year again.
As the temperatures drop and the darkness of night falls across New England much earlier, it is safe to assume that your home will be using more electrical energy to keep the lights on and to keep you warm.
However, using more energy can come with significant utility bill increases that may stretch your budget. And, with the holiday season and other various winter-based activities approaching, you may want to hold onto more of your hard-earned finances.
As a solar company passionate about conserving energy, we thought this would be a great time to pass on some energy-saving tips for our Massachusetts neighbors.
1. Inspect Your Home: Seal Up Air Leaks or Cracks
One of the most basic ways that you can save energy (and money) over the winter is to inspect your home in the fall before the weather gets too cold.
During this inspection, you will want to find any areas of your home, specifically around windows and doorways, that may allow a draft or leak. While it may seem small, these drafts can cool down your home significantly, requiring you to use much more energy to warm your house throughout the day and night.
If you have access to your attic, you’ll also want to make sure that you inspect this part of your house alongside external doors and windows. Since heat rises, much of your heat can be lost through your attic/roof if not properly sealed or insulated.
2. Keep Infrequently Used Rooms Closed Off
Many homeowners have a guest room, second (or third) bathroom, storage, walk-in closets, etc., that tend not to see much activity or foot traffic. While these rooms are certainly helpful when the time is right, they also require energy to keep warm.
When not occupying these rooms, it’s best to keep the doorways completely shut and the windows sealed.
This way, whichever process/source you use to heat your home can be used where you and your family gather most of the time. This keeps your family warm while keeping costs restrained.
3. Install Smart Devices Within Your Home
Technology has come a long way. For example, devices once used manually, such as thermostats and lighting, can now be controlled from miles away.
By installing these intelligent devices within your home, if they fit within your budget, of course, you are granting yourself more control over how your home’s energy is used daily. But, more importantly, you can control your home’s heating, cooling, and lighting systems even while away.
This ensures that you never use more energy than required at any given time. When you leave for work or school, easy-to-use apps can allow you to turn down the heat or shut off any lights that you may have forgotten to turn off. You can also set scheduled timers or turn up the heat on your way home so that you can come home to a warm house without having to waste energy all day to keep it cozy.
4. Use Fans To Keep The Warm Air Circulating
So, this may be surprising, but did you know that turning on your fans can actually keep your home warmer using less energy?
It’s safe to assume that fans use a lot less energy than your home’s heating systems. While we typically use fans to cool us off during the summer, we can also use fans to more efficiently spread heat throughout the room/home.
The main purpose of a fan is not necessary to cool you off but to keep the air circulating. By turning on the fan in whichever room you are currently in, you can keep the warm air circulating throughout the room or your entire home.
Fans also help push the warm air down, keeping the heat from rising and potentially escaping through your ceiling.
5. Let The Sun Shine Into Your Home
Okay, we know that sounds cheesy, but hey, we sort of have a thing for the sun. And, the sun is a great source of free heat during the daylight hours.
By opening the curtains facing where the sun rises, the sun’s beams through your windows can provide a solid amount of warmth for the nearby area.
While this is certainly not a replacement for a working heating system, it can take a bit of pressure off your system, allowing you to turn the heat downs slightly and conserve energy.
Bonus Tip: Take Advantage of Solar Power
We know, we know, we may have a particular affection for solar power. Still, solar energy can make a massive difference during the winter season when it comes to preserving your home’s energy.
In short, as we explored in our last article regarding if solar panels work during the winter, they absolutely do (in fact, they function even more efficiently in the cold during the daylight hours). Remember, solar panels only require the sun’s light to create energy, not its heat.
The energy generated by your solar system can provide clean energy during the day, potentially keeping your entire home warm without the possibility of skyrocketing your utility bills.
And, with the availability of solar storage batteries as an addition to solar systems, you can source excess electricity stored during the day to power your home during nighttime hours or short-term outages (to varying degrees depending on your battery’s storage capacity).
Do What’s Right For Your Home
While we can bring you tips and tricks for preserving energy, ultimately the choice is yours as to where you’d like to strategize your energy-saving methods. It’s important that you do what is right for your home and your family at any given moment.
Hopefully, with the tips laid out in this article, you can feel more confident in powering your home in a budget-friendly, energy-conserving manner. At the end of the day, these tips are meant to bring you greater control over your energy.