Want to stay warm this winter while also saving money? Proper weatherization can reduce your heating costs by up to 10-15% depending on the extent of improvement. Here are some easy tips to make sure your home and heating system are functioning properly to use less energy and minimize unnecessary costs.
Air sealing your home
Did you know that reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home can help you save money on heating and cooling costs? Caulking cracks or openings and weather-stripping your doors and windows are two easy ways to air seal your home.
Set the temperature on your water heater to 120°F or the “warm” setting
Most water heaters are set to 140°F, however, this is unnecessarily hot and can be inefficient for energy use and cost. Setting to 120°F will maintain an adequate temperature that still fights off bacteria while saving you money.
Replace or clean your heater's air filters
Dirty air filters cause a system to overwork by slowing down air flow and using unnecessary energy. It’s recommended to change central heating filters every three months.
Annual heating and cooling equipment inspection
When a heating and cooling system is serviced and cleaned properly, it will operate more safely, last longer and lower your utility bill.
Change the rotation of your ceiling fans
Did you know ceiling fans aren’t only for cooling? When rotating in a clockwise direction, ceiling fans push warm air downwards toward the room’s occupants. By allowing for better heat distribution, thermostats won't need to be set as high to warm your home.
Utility and weatherization-related financial assistance programs may be available to help pay your utility bill or upgrade your home to be more energy efficient. Learn more about opportunities in your area here.
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