Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st but temperatures are starting to drop across the Queen City. If you’ve ever paid a utility bill in your life, then you probably already know that heating and cooling costs are somewhere near the top of the monthly expense list! Luckily, there are some things you can do to help conserve energy and help reduce costs this winter.
Look for air leaks. Check all of your windows and doors for any cracks to help prevent air loss. Using a proper sealant (one that is compatible with your home’s materials) is a cheap and simple way to reduce your monthly energy costs. This small repair will serve as a double bonus in the summer when temperatures reach triple digits and you want to conserve the precious AC!
Use a programmable thermostat. Dialing back the temperature by seven to 10 degrees your normal temperature for 8 hours a day can save about 10 percent a year on costs according to a report done by energy.gov. By using a programmable thermostat, you can create your settings and the beginning of winter and be on your way to saving money.
Maintain your windows. Really, this is a big one especially if you live in an older home. You could be throwing away hundreds of dollars a year if your windows are not sealed properly. Though this can be a costly upgrade, newly designed windows are energy efficient and can help you cut back on your yearly energy costs. Also, new windows can help improve the value of your home!