Do you feel that chill in the air? When the seasons change, it’s a good reminder to update your home to maximize your energy efficiency so you can keep your energy bills low. Take a few moments to implement these low-cost and no-cost energy-saving tips so your home is prepared for chillier days and nights.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that ceiling fans are an energy-efficient option in the fall and winter too? If you reverse your ceiling fans to turn clockwise during colder months, the rotation will push warm air down and pull cooler air up so you stay comfortable without adjusting your thermostat.
Close the Fireplace
Make sure the flue is closed when the fireplace is not in use. If you have a glass screen, close that as well. Open fireplaces allow heat to escape.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Just like you wrap yourself in a blanket to stay warm, your water heater can also benefit from an insulation blanket. By wrapping a water heater blanket around your tank, it will work more efficiently, helping you save money.
Insulate Your Windows
If you don’t have the most efficient windows, consider buying a low-cost window insulation kit. These kits contain a thin plastic film that you attach to your windows to help maintain a more comfortable temperature in your home. Then, when the weather gets warmer, you can remove the film with no damage to your windows.
Check for Air Leaks
It can be hard to see air leaks around your home, so you have to go out of your way to check for them. The easiest thing to do is hold a small, light piece of paper or tissue near potential gaps in doors or windows. If the paper or tissue moves, there’s a good chance you have outside air coming into your home which makes it harder for your heater to maintain a comfortable temperature. You can seal these leaks with caulk from your local hardware store and lower your bill in the process.
To learn more tips on how to prepare your home for cold weather, consider scheduling a free home energy analysis with one of our energy experts. Learn more at pemc.coop/home-energy-analysis.