Winter is just around the corner, and that also means expensive utility bills and improvising to keep your house warm. Here are 6 resourceful ways to cut your energy costs this season.
Check your windows. There are many ways warm air can escape out of a house, allowing the cold air to take over. Make sure to thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, specifically the windows. Fill small leaks with caulk.
Adjust the water temperature. Hot water is one of the biggest energy users. The U.S Department of Energy recommends keeping your water heater’s thermostat set at 120 degrees. Anything higher is unnecessary, and will result in high energy costs.
Install a door sweep. Doing so will prevent cold drafts from blowing in your home during those below zero nights. Here are some directions on weatherproofing with door sweeps.
Keep your curtains open throughout the day, and closed at night. The sun is a great natural heat source, but when it goes away, your open drapes will result in significant heat loss.
Insulate electric outlets that are not being used. Surprisingly so – electric outlets and switches can be a source of air leaks. Watch this video to learn how to effectively seal these outlets.
Try LED. While they won’t help with home heating expenses, LED lighting can drastically reduce your electric bills. Here is a step-by-step guide to choosing the right LED bulbs for your home, and placing them in places where they will make the most difference.