As Atlantans freeze their booties off I thought it would be appropriate to share 12 ways to lower your winter heat bills and help winterize your homes.
“Powering a home costs the average U.S. household $2,160 a year. While heating and cooling a home are the primary energy guzzlers, appliances also consume their fair share.”
“Of course, there are ways to keep your energy usage — and your monthly bill — skyrocketing each winter. Using efficient Energy Star products, for example, can cut costs by 30%.”
“In the spirit of the holiday season, SolarCity came up with a list of “12 Days of Energy Efficiency” to help consumers save money by using less energy at home. Where possible, we’ve added estimates of how much it would cost consumers to act on these tips and how much money it would save them.”
Some examples of the tips are:
1.Switch to an Energy Star programmable thermostat. We did switch a few years ago to a programmable thermostat, and it is so much nicer to know exactly what the temperature is set on. Also it had four programmable times so you could set it to rise and fall throughout the day depending on when you were at home.
(Another tip I would add, one of our houses had triple-paned windows, and it made a huge difference in how energy efficient the house was. The previous owners had put them in and they were pricey (I think around $14,000) but we consistently had low electric and gas bills.)
2. Wrap your water pipes.
3. Clean air ducts and replace air filters. Our air guy told us this as well.
4. Close your fire damper when not using your fireplace.
5. Use LED Christmas lights and put them on timers.
“LED holiday lights can save up to 90% of the energy cost of traditional lights. They’re more expensive than traditional lights — about $25 for 100 lights — but will save a lot of money over the years.”
6. Put an insulation jacket around your water heater. This makes me very nervous but I guess it’s safe.
So have you already done any of these tips to help make your home more energy efficient? How else are you winterizing your home? Are you worried about high heat bills with these low temperatures? Are you worried about your water bill letting your faucets drip so they don’t freeze? (I am!)