Winter Energy Saving Tips
When winter arrives, homeowners often find themselves juggling two essential priorities: keeping their homes warm and managing energy costs efficiently. To strike the right balance between comfort and savings, consider these effective strategies to keep your home warm and cozy this winter.
Schedule a Professional Heating System Maintenance
Make sure to book a professional heating system tune-up to ensure optimal efficiency during the cold months. This not only prevents energy wastage but also promotes safe operation, reducing the risk of a sudden mid-winter breakdown.
Harness the Power of Your Programmable Thermostat
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), making smart use of your programmable thermostat can cut your energy consumption related to comfort by up to 10%. For maximum savings, create daily temperature setback periods of 10–15 degrees for at least eight hours.
Seal and Insulate Your Ductwork
Leaky and uninsulated ducts can lead to up to 30% of your furnace’s warm air escaping. By sealing and insulating your accessible ductwork, you can minimize these losses, enhancing both your comfort and your savings.
Reverse the Direction of Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans aren’t just for summer; they can also improve heating efficiency in the winter. Setting the fan blades to spin clockwise on a low setting will help pull cooler air from the floor level and circulate warmer air back into your living space.
Eliminate Air Leaks to Prevent Heat Loss
During the winter, the warmth inside your home naturally seeks to escape through any available openings. To combat this heat loss, seal gaps and cracks around your windows, exterior doors, penetrations through the building’s shell, and the attic access hatch.
Introduce Moisture into Your Home
Cold winter air tends to be dry, and your heating system further dries the air. To combat this dryness and save on energy costs, consider adding moisture to your home, allowing you to lower the thermostat while maintaining comfort.
For more guidance on cozy winter home energy saving tips during the winter season, reach out to us at Boonville Natural Gas.