Keep Warm and Save Energy This Winter With These Basic Tips

Keep Warm and Save Energy This Winter With These Basic TipsTo save energy this winter, it’s not necessary to sacrifice comfort. A successful household energy-saving strategy is most often the sum total of a range of small, very doable measures – most of which are also do-it-yourself.

What’s Up With Winter

In winter, higher energy consumption primarily results from home heating. However, other factors also contribute. Water entering your hot water heater is colder in winter so it takes more energy to heat it. Even a gas-fired furnace boosts household electrical costs in chilly weather because the furnace blower consumes electricity. Nights are longer so lighting costs rise, and winter weather makes people spend more time indoors in front of TVs, computers and other electronics that hike utility bills.

What Works to Save Energy

Here are some painless ways to save energy and keep your household operating costs from rising as temperatures fall:

  • Open the drapes on south-facing windows during daylight hours to admit sunlight. Pull the drapes or close blinds at night to prevent heat loss.
  • While you’re up and around, keep the thermostat setting in the comfort zone. At bedtime, or when you’re going to be out of the house for the day, turn the thermostat down 10 or 15 degrees below the setting for normal hours. A programmable thermostat can make this step much easier for you.
  • Locate and seal air leaks. Use caulking to close narrow cracks such as along baseboards and at joints between walls and at the ceiling. Fill large gaps surrounding plumbing pipes, electrical conduits or vents where they penetrate the house. Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Keep your furnace in top condition. Schedule yearly annual maintenance at the beginning of the heating season. Change the air filter monthly.
  • Bring down hot water costs. Make sure your hot water heater thermostat is set at 120 degrees or lower.
  • Assess the status quo. A home energy evaluation by an HVAC professional can evaluate the efficiency of your home’s structure and HVAC equipment and provide a prioritized list of suggested improvements to save energy and lower operating costs.

To learn more about ways to save energy this winter, please contact us at Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning, in Terre Haute since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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