How can we save energy this winter?We had our first cold front this past week... while I was asleep I got cold, I thought about turning on the heater but it really wasn't that cold....
1. Caulk and weather strip.
Use caulk to fill those holes and small spaces around your windows and doors and weather stripping to create a tighter seal. Even small drafts can do a number on your energy bill! Each of these fixes can be done for under $20... much less than your energy bill will cost if you don't fix it.
2. Cover the window unit.
If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it and seal up the window, or cover the unit to save heat from escaping through the small gaps around the unit.
3. Invest in a better thermostat.
A programmable thermostat is the best way to effectively control the energy your home consumes. These thermostats can be programmed to change when you are out of the house and on weekends. A programmable thermostat will cost you about $30 but you'll start saving money on your energy bills immediately. In fact, a 1 degree adjustment can save you as much as 3% on your energy bills.
4. Try a heat reflector.
Increase your radiators efficiency by installing a heat reflector. Heat reflectors should be installed behind your radiator facing into the room to reflect heat away from the wall and into the space where you live.
5. Install reflective window film.
Reflective window film can be installed on the inside of windows to reflect the heat from the sun away from the windows in the summer, or back into your home in the winter. Either way you put it up it reduces the amount of heat that is absorbed (either by way of coming in or escaping) through the windows.
I hope everyone has a safe, warm and money saving winter! Living here in Texas we don't get any blizzards, let a lone snow, but we still waste a bit more every winter. Hopefully ya'll can save a little by using these tips.