By George DeMare, Vice President Business Development
Now is the perfect time to prepare a home for colder winter weather. Instead of cranking up the heat after the first frost, consider energy efficiency.
Managing your home’s temperature, so everyone in the family is comfortable while energy consumption stays low can be challenging. Smart habits and efficient systems can work together to keep the entire family warm.
Here are energy-saving tips for colder weather:
Schedule a Home Energy Audit
An audit will show problems and when corrected can save significant amounts of money over time. Eliminating simple drafts can help save up to 30 percent of a home’s heat costs. Some repairs may be as simple as replacing an old furnace filter or installing weather stripping.
Tune Up Your Heating System
A thorough professional tune-up will cost around $100 (or more) and should be done at least every few years. HVAC systems are mechanical and need to be maintained. DIY HVAC tune-ups can also help save money, but it is smart to leave this to a professional.
Pay Attention to Window Treatments
Blinds and other window treatments play a key role in maintaining a comfortable temperature in an energy efficient home. Thermal drapes work well for large windows by reducing heat loss during the winter months.
Any window covering provides more protection against heat loss, but certain types of blinds and shades can provide insulation and UV protection.
Use Your Thermostat Correctly
When you are home and awake, keep the thermostat set as low as is comfortable. Before you go to bed, lower the temperature or invest in a smart thermostat that manages temperatures all day.
Consider getting a programmable thermostat to ensure the temperature is programmed accordingly.
Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss
Keep the damper closed when no fire is burning to prevent unnecessary heat loss. If you do not use the fireplace, consider closing the flue or having it sealed.