Winter is the coldest, darkest season of the year, and with fewer options to get out of the house than ever, saving money on your energy bills may be the best way to keep the holiday season merry and bright.
How can I save energy at home in winter?
Follow these tips to stay comfortable without breaking the bank this winter:
1. Add a Rug
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and having to step on a freezing cold floor to get to start your day. Rugs add natural insulation to any home with hardwood floors by trapping the cool air underneath them, not allowing it to rise, and cooling the rest of your room down as well!
2. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can help keep your energy costs down by automatically adjusting to your preset settings when you enter or leave your home. There are different models that allow you to turn on the heat when you’re on your way home, turn down the temperature if you forget to set it after you leave for the weekend, monitor your energy use, and find other ways to save on your heating costs.
The best part? Many smart thermostats learn from your settings—meaning you don’t have to worry about tracking your temperatures as closely as you may have in the past.
3. Schedule Maintenance for Your Furnace
Regular maintenance is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your energy bills low all season long. Preventive maintenance should be scheduled in the fall months—typically a few weeks before you expect to be using your furnace daily—to check for any potential issues, clean your system, and make sure it’s ready to keep your home warm.
If you notice something is off with your heating system—maybe it’s not heating as quickly as it used to, or it’s frequently cycling—make sure you call an HVAC technician ASAP so they can help you determine the issue and get your system up and running quickly.
4. Use Your Windows Wisely
The sun can naturally heat your home, so open those blinds or curtains during daylight hours and set your thermostat a little lower to help save some energy during the day! At night, make sure you remember to close the blinds again to prevent warm air from escaping through any drafty doors or windows.
5. Flip Your Fan
Many homeowners use their ceiling fans during the summer to create a windchill effect that cools off your family—but are you using your fan in the winter? Flip the switch on your ceiling fan to change the rotation from counterclockwise to clockwise. Your ceiling fan will pull cool air up towards the ceiling and recirculate warm air that’s risen back down into the room.
6. Set the Thermostat for Savings
A smart thermostat can help you take some of the guesswork out of programming your thermostat, but what temperature is the most efficient for saving energy? The US Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat as low as comfortable while you’re awake and in your home, but setting the temperature lower while you’re sleeping or away.
According to their Energy Saver guide, “turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.”
There are many ways to cut back on your energy use in winter. Whether you choose to invest in energy-saving LED string lights for your holiday display, turn down the max temperature on your water heater, or simply change your air filter every 30-90 days, reducing your energy use is a great way to save money and stay comfortable all season long.
For all your furnace or ductless mini-split repair and maintenance needs, contact the team at Morrison Heating & Cooling. Our team can help you diagnose any issue and get your system functional so you aren’t left out in the cold. Contact us online or by phone at (503) 683-7077 to schedule your service today!