5 Energy Saving Tips to Help You Keep Warm in the Winter
With this past week being one of the coldest weeks in a very long time, many of us are sitting inside bundled under a blanket not wanting to risk opening up any door to our home. Some of you may have noticed that your home may be colder than anticipated during these cold temperatures. We wanted to give you a list of 5 Energy Saving Tips that you can use in your home to not only keep your home warm, but help you save energy along the way:
- Energy Saving Tip #1. Seal Your Doors and Windows: A good rule of thumb is that if you can feel cold air around the sealing of your doors and windows, it means that it is not properly sealed. By re-sealing your doors and windows, you prevent the warm air in your home from escaping outdoors.
- Energy Saving Tip #2. Keep an Eye on Your Fireplace: The only time that your chimney flue should really be open is if you are actually having fires in your fireplace. If you are not planning on having a fire any time soon, make sure to shut your chimney flue. Additionally, if you plan on never actually using your fireplace, we recommend sealing it entirely to prevent any warm air loss.
- Energy Saving Tip #3. Set Your Thermostat Down While Cooking: Truth be told, your oven can actually have a pretty decent impact on your home’s temperature. If you are cooking, turn your thermostat down a few degrees beforehand. Your home will maintain a fairly stable temperature and you will save energy costs.
- Energy Saving Tip #4. Make Sure Your Thermostat is Away from Lamps and Electronics: Did you know that televisions, stereos and lamps can actually affect your thermostat from getting a proper reading of your home’s temperature? It’s true! Make sure that your thermostat is clear of any of these items so tat your furnace can heat your home to your desired temperature.
- Energy Saving Tip #5. Change Your Furnace Filter Monthly: One of the easiest ways to get make sure your furnace is running properly, it is extremely important to change your furnace filter on a monthly basis. Your furnace filter allows your furnace to breathe while running. You can find very inexpensive furnace filters at your local hardware stores and even some grocery stores stock the most common of sizes.
We hope these energy saving tips helped a bit! Most of these changes are fairly inexpensive, with some changes even being free. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at Nortek Environmental, Inc., or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.