5 Ways to Save Energy During Winter

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When it gets cold outside, your gas or electric bill (if using a heat pump) can sky rocket due to trying to keep the house warm and comfortable. The weather shouldn’t leave you broke and there are a couple tricks to keep the bills down. These tips can save you up to 20% on your bills each month during the cold months.

1. Adjusting the thermostat. Who doesn’t like to sleep in cool air at night? By adjusting the temperature at night right before bed and dropping it down a few degrees, you can save because the heater won’t work as hard. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to drop the temperature at while you are asleep. Snuggle up in a thick blanket and you will be set for the night.

2. Change your filter. A dirty filter will make your furnace work harder which causes it to use more energy. A clean filter will stop dust build up. Replace your filter every 3 months (some people like to replace once a month). Not only will this lead to lower bills, but it will increase the life of your furnace.

3. Use your ceiling fan. That’s right, use your ceiling fan in the winter. Heat rises to the top and by putting your ceiling fan in reverse it will push the heat down toward you. Just use a low setting and you should be fine.

4. Take advantage of the sun. The sun will cause natural heat for your home. Open up your curtains and blinds and let the heat come in during the day and close them at night so the heat has a harder time to escape.

5. Insulating your house. Make sure your house is properly insulated. This plays an important roll in keeping your house warm. Check the attic and add extra insulation if needed. Also, get a weather stripper for your doors and windows to install.

Go ahead and take control of your heat bill with these steps. And if you’re wondering how we deal with working in the cold, this is how we manage to work on cold days.

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