When winter rolls around, there may be quite a bit of work to prepare your home. However, you will be pleasantly surprised that using a few winter energy tips will be the best energy saving tools you have at your disposal.
Energy efficiency was once a way to save money – and who does not love to save money. Moreover, energy efficiency has now become a matter of vital importance. Our planet is in need of some tender loving care, and we are its’ caretakers.
Without paying attention to the needs of our environment, we neglect our future and ourselves. There are many ways to incorporate energy efficiency into your home this winter.
Start with an Energy Assessment
The best way to incorporate energy efficiency into your home is to start with an energy assessment. This is something you can absolutely perform for yourself or hire someone to do for you, as well. Many companies will offer free energy assessments, just check with your local utility companies.
An energy audit may seem like a bit of work, but it definitely pays off in the end.
An energy audit consists of doing a full and thorough walk through of your entire home from attic to basement. You will need to check windows and doors for drafts, attics for insulation and your heating system for proper ventilation. If you have a fireplace, you need to make sure that it is clean and running efficiently, as well.
Hot Spots for Energy Leaks
The most common and easiest to fix hot spot for energy leaks are doors and windows. This is easily remedied in several ways. You can put up thermal curtains for a quick fix or for some additional heating and warmth. Putting up plastic (sold in most any home store) will ensure a tight seal against cold air coming in and valuable heat energy escaping. Caulking around doors and windows is the best way to close up those common hot spots for energy leaks.
If you do not use your fireplace, make sure to cover it up and seal it tightly. An enormous amount of air comes in through the chimney flue and if you are not using your fireplace, it is best to cover it up.
If you do use your fireplace, make sure to keep the damper closed until you are ready to use the fireplace. If you use your fireplace, consider this an opportunity to lower the thermostat in that room to conserve energy.
A Little Trick to Save Hot Water
If you lower the temperature on your water heater to warm, there is more than likely going to be shorter showers. This converts into saving energy and saving money at the same time.
Also, think about washing more of your clothing in cold water and hanging it to dry in your boiler room instead of using the dryer.
These are just a few great tips to save energy this winter.