Tips that Won't Leave You Shivering or Sweating
If you want to reduce your home energy costs, the easiest way is to turn the thermostat down to 20'C (68'F) when you're home. Studies show you use 3-5% more energy for each degree the thermostat us set above this number.
However, if you want to lower your bill even further each month, here are some additional tips that are relatively easy to implement.
- Get smart with your thermostat. Most thermostats these days are programmable. Program yours to reduce the heat at night and when you're away in the winter. In the summer, be easy on the A/C during the day and save the cooling for nighttime. A programmable thermostat will save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling.
- Plug or fix the drafts. Even in newer homes, air filtration can occur at windows and doors. So, check around your home for drafts. Windy or cold days are the best days to check. Then, get any drafts you find repaired or, at least, temporarily plugged.
- Check the attic. Heat rises and can escape through the attic. So, once a year, check the attic insulation for thin or bare spots. The insulation should be even across the space. Properly insulating can save up to 10% on your total energy costs.
- Replace old windows. Depending on the climate, windows can account for 25-50% of the homes heating and cooling needs. Make sure you're not loosing precious heat in the Winter by replacing your old windows with performance, energy-efficient windows. These windows not only regulate the amount of heat that is absorbed, they also help block outside noise.
- Unused rooms? Close the vents to reduce heat or A/C. You might be surprised by how much that will lower your energy bill. (Think about rooms, such as a rec room, that you only use on weekends.)
- Harness the sun. It's free energy! Whenever possible, keep curtains open during cooler seasons to take advantage of this heat source, even on cloudy days. Do the opposite during hot summer days.
Try some of these ideas. Then, look at the impact they’ve had on your energy costs.