If you’re concerned about energy bills this season, there are some simple ways you can reduce your energy consumption. From no-cost tricks to energy-efficient investments, these energy-saving tips not only help reduce your utility bills but also minimize your environmental footprint. Here are 11 ways to help you save energy – and maybe some money – this winter.
1. Turn down the thermostat.
Save energy by setting the thermostat as low as you can manage. Set it a bit lower when you’re away from home but also consider setting it at a lower temperature when you’re at home, too. This can help save energy and the costs associated with energy usage.
2. Use ceiling fans.
Set your ceiling fan to run in reverse (clockwise) at a low speed. This circulates warm air downward, making it feel warmer.
3. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances.
While it requires a bit of an investment at first, upgrading to energy-efficient or high-efficiency appliances will save energy and money in the long run.
4. Limit shower times.
Some may not be fond of this tip, but it can help limit energy consumption. Taking shorter showers and using a low-flow showerhead can reduce hot water consumption.
5. Insulate and seal your home.
Proper insulation in walls, attics, and floors can greatly reduce heat loss. Consider adding or upgrading insulation where needed. In addition, inspect windows, doors, and other openings for drafts. Seal gaps and cracks with weatherstripping or caulk.
6. Dress warmer.
Layer up so you can turn down the furnace. Wear layered clothing and use blankets to stay warm indoors.
7. Unplug electronics.
Many electronics still consume energy even when turned off. Unplug chargers and devices when not in use, or use smart power strips.
8. Open the curtains.
First, if you don’t have curtains, consider investing in some. Next, use them strategically. Close them at night to keep the cold out and the heat in and open them during the day to let the sunlight naturally warm your home.
9. Use a whole-home humidifier.
Winter air is dry, which can make your home feel colder than it is. A whole-home humidifier adds moisture to the air, which makes it feel warmer.
10. Install a programmable or smart thermostat.
A programmable or smart thermostat allows you to set specific heating schedules, automatically adjusting the temperature when you’re asleep or away from home.
11. Service your HVAC equipment regularly.
Finally, schedule annual HVAC maintenance. Regular maintenance ensures your heating system is operating efficiently. And don’t forget to change those air filters regularly!
Winter Energy Savings
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to saving energy and helping your budget! If you’re ready to make the investment and upgrade your heating system, Spring Home has a variety of high-efficiency units. When you work with our HVAC experts, we’ll find the best and most efficient solution for your home. Plus, we carry humidifiers, thermostats and other equipment to help you improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Save energy, save money.
The Spring Home team has been servicing the HVAC needs of the GTA for over 20 years. Our award-winning team of licensed technicians is committed to providing our clients with service they can trust and equipment they can rely on.