The winter months are slowly starting to close in and it will soon be time to crank the heat up on your boiler. Necessary as it is, the amount of electricity we consume for heating purposes during the cold winter months is enough to make most of us wish we had better tolerance to cold! The good news is that you can cut down significantly on those ever soaring energy costs by following some of the tips mentioned below.
Make Use of the Sun
Sunlight can be used for free heating even during the winter months in many ways. The simplest way to do it is opening the curtains to let the sun in during the day and closing the curtains just before it sets. This basically traps the heat inside. You will still need artificial heating as it gets colder, but not as much.
Clean and Change Your Filters
A clogged filter will naturally make your heating system work a lot harder, and since that means more power consumption, having a dirty filter is equivalent to paying a lot more money for your electricity than necessary. Clean them regularly and change them as required to avoid unnecessary power consumption.
Get a Smart Thermostat
The general tip is to save power by setting the thermostat down by a few degrees, but today, it is a much better option to just invest some money into getting a smart thermostat which will regulate the temperature accordingly to make sure that you stay warm without the electricity bill shooting up too high.
How About an Energy Audit?
Unlike a tax audit, energy audits are not scary and they may actually help you save some money. For a small fee, a professional energy auditor will come in your house and check your home’s power efficiency to find out if there is anything you can do to improve it and lower the electricity consumption.
Upgrading your home with a wood burning buck stove will give you the option of heating your home without using any electricity at all. They look great, add a classic elegance to your home and most importantly, give you direct control over how much electricity is spent on heating during the winters.
You probably have some sort of insulation system working in your home already, especially if you live in a particularly cold state. However, you need to ask yourself if that’s enough. Better yet, check here on the government’s own site to see if you need more insulation or not. On the other hand, if you don’t have any insulation whatsoever, start insulating as soon as possible.
These six tips, if and when applied properly, should make your energy bills much more manageable. It’s true that you will likely have to make a few investments to make things even more effective, but in the long run, the saved money will cover those initial investments. If you are on a budget, then it is suggested that you stick to the cheaper options on this list until you can do afford the others.