If there’s one thing that most of us can probably agree on, it’s the fact that while the fall and winter months can really be a beautiful time of the year, if there’s one thing that we don’t look forward to (especially when it’s bitterly cold outside), it’s how much our energy bills tend to be.
If you’re someone who is used to spending literally hundreds of dollars on your energy costs each month and you’d like a few failsafe tips on what you can do to conserve your energy a bit more, we have five that can definitely help you to keep a few more dollars in your wallet below:
Get some thermal curtains. A very simple and inexpensive thing that you can do is stop by your local Target or Wal-Mart to pick up some thermal curtains. The awesome thing about them is that they have the ability to keep the warm air in your house while blocking out the cold air as well.
Use your ceiling fans. Typically, people only think about using their ceiling fans during the warmer months but here’s a secret that many do not know. By setting them to rotate counterclockwise, you actually help to push the warm air that is ceiling level down closer to where you are. Plus, you will use less energy in the process.
Check for leaks in your windows and doors. If there’s ever a time of year when you should conduct an annual energy audit, it would have to be during the fall or winter months (preferably the fall). The reason why is that it will give you the opportunity to look and see where your house may be wasting energy, including near your windows or doors where there may be small cracks. If there are some cracks, usually you can easily remedy the matter by applying a bit of caulking. For tips on how to do a DIY energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Have your HVAC unit serviced. Something that a lot of people take for granted is their HVAC unit. That is until they notice a leak or it breaks down; oftentimes when that happens, it’s during some of the most extreme temperatures. One way that you can insure that your unit is working at its optimal level is to have a technician come out. Not only can they help to explain any questions you may have such as why is air conditioning measured in tons or how to change your filters, but they can also check the ducts and wiring to be sure that you are not wasting energy every time you turn your unit on.
Turn down your thermostat. We’re pretty sure that to some of you, this next tip might seem a bit odd but according to many articles on energy conservation, by lowering the temperature in your home by as much as eight degrees either while you’re away at work or you’re sleeping, you can as much as 12 percent on your energy bills. And yes, that is definitely a good enough reason to consider turning down your thermostat this fall and winter season!