Winter Warmers – Top Energy Saving Tips

EnergyWe have all seen the latest reports and news on the rise in our annual energy bills. If you are lucky enough to have signed up to a fixed price tariff then you won’t feel the pinch as much just yet.

For those of you who don’t have this the obvious advice is to look around for the best deal and change supplier if necessary. Visit our website to check out the best deals for your Gas and Electricity prices.
If you have done both of the above then follow these handy tips on how to save those extra few pounds especially during the festive season.

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun
• Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows

Cover Drafty Windows
• Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold Winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration
• Install tight fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty

Adjust the Temperature
• When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable
• When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature

Find and Seal Leaks
• Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets
• Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows

Maintain Your Heating Systems
• Schedule a service for your heating system
• Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed
• Wood and Pellet Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently

Reduce Heat Loss from the Fireplace
• Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney
• When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly approximately 1 inch and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
• If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue
• If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room
• Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible
• Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room
• Add caulking around the fireplace hearth

Lower your Water Heating Costs
Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.
• Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands!

Lower your Holiday Lighting Costs
• Use light-emitting diode or “LED” holiday lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

2 thoughts on “Winter Warmers – Top Energy Saving Tips

  1. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.

  2. Your water heater is the second-largest energy user in your home. By insulating your electric water heater and using hot water efficiently, you will save energy and money each month.

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