8 Ways to Save Energy this Winter

When Fall comes to an end and the temperature starts to drop, preparing for Winter may be the last thing you feel like doing.  Being ready for the change in seasons, though, can make a big difference in your home’s energy costs.

To get your home right for winter, consider these energy-saving (and often money saving!) tips.

  1. Avoid the temptation to turn up the heat
    • If the Winter chill takes you by surprise, avoid the temptation to crank up the heat immediately. Instead, try simple changes like wearing warmer clothes, putting on some slippers, and even just making yourself a warm drink. If you must, try to keep your heat low during the day by opening your curtains when you receive direct sunlight. Also, turn your thermostat down while you sleep or are away from your home.
  2. Block your chimney
    • While you may upset Santa, keep your chimney blocked when it’s not in use. Otherwise, the warm air in your home will escape right through it. Install a fireplace damper when the fire’s not burning bright.
  3. Close air ducts in unused rooms
    • Not using that spare bedroom? Consider closing the air ducts in unused rooms to avoid paying to heat them. This tip can easily be reversed for when the in-laws decide to drop in and you need the bedroom again.
  4. Get your furnace inspected
    1. Your furnace is about to work overtime, so why not give it a check up? Getting your furnace inspected will make sure that it will work optimally this Winter, saving you money in the long run.
  5. Check your windows for air leaks
    • Do you feel a draft in here? Odds are, it’s coming from your windows. Now’s the time to install any storm windows you have or recaulk windows that need it. Still feeling drafty? Buy some heat-insulating curtains to keep the warmth in.
  6. Clean your air vents and registers
    • While a professional will need to clean the ducts, you can clean your air vents and registers. By doing so, you’ll ensure that heat is flowing correctly and smoothly through your home.
  7. Insulate your water heater
    • Prevent a significant amount of heat loss by insulating your water heater. Some resources say that for a $10 to $20 water heater blanket, you can save 4% to 9% in water heating costs.
  8. Check your insulation

To receive a most-thorough inspection of your home, contact Inspect It First for a complete head to toe examination of your home’s health.

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