While the harsh winter months are a bit away, it’s time to start thinking of ways to prepare your home for the winter. Winter is a season when we tend to use a lot of energy to keep ourselves warm and comfortable. However, there are many simple steps we can take to save energy during the colder months. By doing so, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but also save money on our energy bills.
Set your thermostat lower.
One of the easiest ways to save energy in the winter is to turn down the thermostat. When it is time to change the thermostat setting from cool to heat, keep the temperature setting low. By lowering the temperature by just a couple of degrees, you can save a significant amount of energy.
Stay warm with sweaters and socks.
Fall clothing are making its way out on the store shelves. Make sure to stockpile sweaters and socks while they’re on sale! Layering up with warm clothing and blankets allows you to stay comfortable without having to rely on the heating system.
Seal up air leaks.
Do you feel drafts in your home? Drafts are actually heat leaking from your home! It’s important to caulk air leaks, replace any damaged or missing weather stripping, add insulation to the attic and walls, and/or use thermal curtains to keep heat in. By preventing heat from escaping, we can reduce the amount of energy needed to keep our homes warm.
Put temporary insulation on your windows.
Windows are less insulated than walls, and precious heat can slip away even with caulk on your windows. During winter, insulate your windows by sealing the frame with clear plastic window film or insulated window film.
Make sure to prep and prepare for those harsh winter months! By implementing these simple steps, you can reduce your energy consumption during the winter and beyond. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it also helps you save money and live more sustainably.
After following these steps and your energy bill is still high, it might be time for an energy audit! Here at E3 Energy Solutions, we offer a no-cost energy assessment that can transform your home into a sustainable, energy-efficient one. Click here to see if you qualify!