Saving energy this winter doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, there are several low-cost ways to optimize energy efficiency during the cold winter months. Here are a few:
1. Cover Your Home’s Windows
Drafty windows can reduce your home’s energy efficiency. If new windows aren’t in your budget this year, don’t worry. You can seal drafty windows by taping heavy plastic over them.
2. Reduce the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater
Adjust your hot water heater to a warmer setting. A comfortable setting is 120 degrees. By taking this action, you can optimize your energy efficiency and prevent hot-water burns.
3. Use LED Holiday Lights
Decorating your home for the holidays can raise your electricity bills. When you decorate your home with lights, be sure to invest in LED lights. For the most savings, be sure to buy lights that are certified by ENERGY STAR.
4. Use Your Wood-Burning Fireplace
A wood-burning fireplace can provide heat for a fraction of the cost of raising your thermostat. Be sure to open the fireplace dampers and close the doors in the room.
5. Adjust Your Thermostat
It feels good to come home to a warm environment, but keeping your home warm all day can result in an expensive utility bill. When you’re not at home, reduce the temperature on your thermostat.
6. Seal Your Fireplace
Like windows, fireplaces can get drafty. This is especially true if your fireplace isn’t sealed properly. Inspect your fireplace for drafts. Seal or caulk any areas that cause heat to escape from your home.
7. Clean and Maintain Your Heating System
A dirty heating system can adversely affect your home’s energy efficiency. Optimize your heating system by replacing your filters as needed. To maintain your heating system, schedule an appointment with Gilmore Heating, Air, and Solar.
Our technicians at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Solar can help you optimize your energy efficiency. Services include professional furnace repair, furnace tune-ups, and solar panel installations. Call us to schedule an appointment for one of our services in the Placerville area.