Meteorologists are predicting cold and snowy winter this year on the East Coast. This means more fun for the kids and higher energy bills for the adults. To achieve maximum energy savings during winter, follow these tips from Discount Appliance Repair.
Keep the temperatures low
A large portion of energy use during winter comes from heating your house. While it’s nice to enjoy warm, toasty, summer-like indoor weather in January, you might want to lower the temperature if you want to save money.
- Remember to always lower the temperature when no one’s home. If your family members are at work, at school or somewhere else during the day, there is no need to leave thermostat at 74 degrees. Your pets have fur; they’ll be perfectly fine at 65 degrees.
- Set thermostat at 68 degrees. It is a bit chilly for some people, but it is winter after all: put on sweatpants and sweater to wear around the house. If you are still cold, use spot heaters to heat up the room you are in instead of using HVAC to heat up the entire house.
- Make sure your thermostat is in a perfect working condition and is located in a spot where it can register the average temperature. A thermostat that reads temperatures wrong or turns on and off sporadically wastes energy.
- Clean furnace filters regularly to increase efficiency. If you notice your furnace or HVAC system is malfunctioning, let your Virginia air conditioning repair pros know and we’ll be happy to help.
- Make sure the vents are always clean and not blocked by furniture or other objects.
All the money spent to operate your heating systems goes to waste if your house can’t hold the heat in. A drafty, poorly insulated house is a money pit. Make sure you leave no ways for the warm air to escape:
- Keep windows closed during the winter and don’t hold doors open for a long time. This also includes you garage door as it helps, although indirectly, keep the warm air in.
- Insulate any obvious gaps and cracks around doors, windows, pipes and anything that goes through walls and doesn’t have a snug fit. Put weather strips on your doors.
- Close doors and vents in unused rooms to ensure you don’t waste energy heating up unoccupied spaces.
- Install DIY plastic storm windows.
Let the sunshine in
Sun is the natural heat source, so use it by keeping shades and curtains on your south-facing windows open during the day. Close them at night to prevent heat from escaping through glass.
Check on the water heater
- Set water heater temperature to 120-125 degrees, but first make sure your dishwasher and washing machine have no problem working at this temperature.
- Insulate water heater and hot water pipes to reduce standby and water transmission heat losses.
Turn the lights off
- The days are shorter, which means we use lights more often during winter. Make sure the lights are always off when you don’t need them.
- Go easy on the holiday lights. Don’t install too many and don’t keep them on 24/7. If they don’t come with the timer, be sure to unplug the lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Take holiday lights down as soon as the holiday is over.
If you notice that some of your appliances are more than 7 years old and don’t offer enough control over energy use, consider switching to Energy Star appliances. They are designed to save you money and help environment by using less resources.