Save Energy This Winter

1. Add a Sweep to Your Garage Door
Air is usually constantly flowing into your home through an opening under a door such as the garage door, so install a sweep to it. A door sweep is a metal strip with material hanging below it to block air flow. To attach it, screw it into the door in a position where the sweep is evenly spaced across the floor. Although it will cause some friction when you open and close the door, it will block the cold draft of air that usually comes under that door.

2. Don’t Turn on Exhaust Fans
Don’t turn on exhaust fans because they blow warm and moist air outside the house, which is what holds the warm temperature, and replaces that air with cooler air. Also instead of turning it on when taking a shower, leave the door open to allow the warm air to flow into the rest of the house. You could also turn on a fan near the door and point it out of the bathroom, which gives you the same results.

3. Use a Humidifier
During the winter when the air tends to be cold and dry, furnaces just add to that effect, stripping the air of its humidity and leaving it dry. To add moisture to the air, make use of humidifiers. Moist air means it will hold heat much better, and in turn, heats the house.

4. Energy Efficient Holiday Decorations
Although people choose to decorate with beautiful holiday lights, these decors really use up a lot of energy. Utilize LED bulbs when instead! Though they might be more expensive up front, the long-term benefits are evident. They are long lasting, have great light quality, and use very little energy, helping you to save lots of money, especially during the holiday season.

5. Don’t Heat Rooms You Don’t Use
This might seem like common sense, but many don’t realize they can do this. Seal the vents in rooms you don’t use, such as large storage rooms, to save energy and direct air flow to rooms that are used on a daily basis.

6. Clean Furnace Filter
After a while, your furnaces start clogging up from dust if they aren’t cleaned out. Make sure to maintain them monthly and replace if necessary so that they are always in good shape and don’t use up as much energy.

Free Ways to Save
7. Open the blinds and shades during the day to take advantage of the sun’s heat, and then close them at night to block the heat from escaping.

8. When you are asleep or away from home, turn the thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit from its normal setting for 8 hours a day to save 10 percent a year on heating and cooling. Also, leave its fan switch on the auto setting so that the fan runs when the furnace runs.

9. If you have a fireplace, turn thermostat down to 55. After the smoldering embers are out, close the flue damper to keep warm air in the house.

10. Set the water heater to a lower setting, such as 120 F, to save energy and money.

11. Use the moisture sensor rather than the timer on dryers to save energy and extend clothing life. This stops drying when moisture is gone. Your time and energy costs are saved, and clothes are prevented from shrinking.

12. Hang your laundry for air drying to save energy, reduce wrinkles, eliminate static cling and reduce wear on your clothes.

13. Get rid of unneeded freezers or fridges to save up to $120 per year on your energy bill.

14. Look for showerheads that use no more than 2.5 gallons per minute to save on water.

15. Cover floors with rugs and carpets for heat retention, especially if there’s no floor insulation.