High Energy Bills This Winter? Look for These Energy Wasters
If you are used to seeing higher utility costs each winter, there could be energy wasters throughout your home that are making a bigger impact than you realize. Take the time to look for ways your home could be vulnerable so that you can make the necessary changes and reduce your energy bills.
Windows can develop leaks or cracks. Previously installed insulation can become worn and result in loss of valuable heat. Single-paned windows that have not received maintenance in years are the most likely energy wasters in your house. Double-paned windows provide better insulation, particularly when all crevices and cracks have been sealed. Seal leaks with material such as weatherstripping. You can also minimize heat loss with curtains. However, open them when there is plenty of sunlight, to help provide warmth.
If your thermostat is from the 20th century, it is way past due for an upgrade. Modern thermostats are smarter and more likely to provide substantial energy savings.
Today’s thermostats provide a lot of flexibility and are designed to enhance convenience and comfort. Wi-Fi capabilities and various programming modes allow you to set temperatures based on your schedule so that you can maximize the energy efficiency of your heating system. Proper use of your thermostat also allows for more efficient energy consumption.
Insulation and Winterization
Even the most powerful heating unit can become inefficient if your home has not been properly winterized and insulated. The secret to saving energy during the winter is to properly control heat flow inside the home. An important part of this is ensuring that enough insulation is installed in the right places. Insulation effectively reduces heat transfer.
Keeping heat where it is needed is essential to your indoor comfort. Proper winterizing entails looking at every possible heat escape route so that it can be effectively sealed.
You don’t have to make major changes throughout your home to see a positive impact on your energy bill. By simply walking around your home and examining key areas such as windows and doors, you are likely to find clear energy wasters.
If you would like to learn more about other ways you can save energy this winter and throughout the year, contact Conditioned Air, Inc. today at 478-787-6578.