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Even though we’re in the midst of cold weather and watching the thermometer drop, it is not too late to winterize your home for the winter. When you take measures to winterize your home, you lower your energy costs and better retain heat.
If saving money on your gas and electric bill seems enticing, Olympus Energy can help you see cumulative money savings just by taking small steps in preparing your home. Join us today for feasible and tangible ways to reduce your energy consumption.
Four Basic Tips to Prepare Your Home For Winter (And Lower Your Energy Costs)
Where do you even begin when winterizing your home? We’ve touched on ways you can manage your energy usage, and you can take it one step further with preparing your home for the winter weather.
Clear your gutters.
The fall ushers in an abundance of leaves and they quickly accumulate in your gutters. If left untouched, the clogged gutters may spell trouble for you in the winter. They create what are known as ice dams, and ice dams can leak into your homes roof and not only cause water damage and mold growth but cause your home to leak cold air. Forego the leaf buildup and prevent ice dams when you clean and clear your gutter.
Fix or install a programmable thermostat.
We’ve mentioned this before, but this is a critical energy and money-saving step that cannot be ignored. The question about it is, is why heat your home at an ambient temperature when you are not home? This is wasting energy and driving up your bill. It has been estimated that you can save up to 10 percent on your heating costs when you properly use a programmable thermostat.
The caveat: you have to set it! Not only do you have to program it, but you also have to program it to the recommended temperatures. Reach out to your local energy suppliers for more information.
Use ceiling fans to your advantage.
Ceiling fans are often installed to keep the temperature cool in the summer, but really, they’re to move air around — warm or cool. In the winter, run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction to better direct the rising heat back downwards where it can warm people.
Check your HVAC filters.
If you haven’t changed your filters, now is a great time to do so. A filthy filter restricts air flow, thus wastes more energy. So, especially in the wintertime when you’re running heat more often, check your filters and change them out as needed.
The above are just a couple of ways that you can prepare your home for the onslaught of cold weather this winter. To maximize your energy efficiency, watch your habits and make small changes to how you use water, gas, and electric this winter.
Energy Saving Tips For the Holidays
- Use LED and fiber optic lights – Both of these lighting options last longer than traditional holiday lights — up to 1000 hours
- Put your lights on a timer – Cut down your energy usage and put your holiday lights on a timer — after all, they don’t need to be on all night or even during the day.
- Resist opening and closing your oven when cooking – It’s hard to not want to peek on food, but don’t do it. A single peek can drop the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
- Batch bake food together where appropriate – If you can bake gingerbread cookies and a side dish at the same time, this is a great way to not only save time but energy.
- Skip the preheat function if cooking an item longer than an hour – There is no need to preheat the oven if it’s going to be on for a longer time, and similarly, you can turn it off early and it will still continue to cook your food and save energy!
Are you ready for even more tips? Stay tuned for part two!
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