While the holiday season is a festive time, the long, cold winter can bring about a not-so-joyous situation for your home: increased energy usage.
Because you’ll be running your furnace and electricity more often, your utility payments will be more expensive in the winter and the constant use can create additional strain on your HVAC and electrical systems. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to save energy in your home and keep the temperature, atmosphere – and utility bills – in a comfortable state.
Make Thermostat Adjustments
It’s a good idea to set the temperature as low as possible, while still feeling comfortable, when you’re at home. This will help draw less power and electricity. But if you’re away from home for any long period, dial the thermostat back about 10 to 15 degrees. This will limit the time your furnace is on and help reduce costs over time. Investing in a smart or programmable thermostat makes this process much easier, and some models even allow you to control the system from anywhere with a mobile app.
Let the Windows Help
The windows in your home are a key energy source. Check each window for drafts and seal any leaks so that warm air does not escape the house. Make sure all windows are properly closed, especially at night when the temperatures drop outside. During sunny days, you can open your curtains and blinds to let the sunlight into the room and help warm the space naturally.
Use LED Lighting
It’s a good idea to use LED bulbs in all your lamps and lighting fixtures all year, and especially during the winter where you’ll likely have the lights on for longer periods. This is also true for decorating. Holiday decorations are a fun and beautiful tradition, but if you use inefficient lights (or too much lighting in general) then your electricity costs can increase during the holiday season. To help keep costs low and your home festive, only use LED lights in your decorations. LED lights use less power and can help reduce costs. Make sure to look for products that are ENERGY STAR ® certified.
These are just a few simple ways to save on energy this winter. For more tips on how to maximize the energy efficiency in your home, visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.
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900 N Galena Ave
Dixon, IL 61021