Are you ready for winter?
There are a few easy things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient and use electricity wisely in the winter. Heating accounts for more than 50% of your annual electricity bill, so it’s well worth your while to take these tips and maximize your savings!
Air leaks and cold drafts account for up to 25% of a home’s heat loss. By preventing cold air from coming inside, you can keep your home more comfortable in winter while saving on your electricity bill.
Since you start turning on the lights much earlier in winter, it’s a good idea to use efficient lightbulbs. LED bulbs are about 85% more efficient than traditional incandescents and last 25 times longer.
Find air leaks
- Caulk and weatherstrip any drafty windows and patio doors.
- Check the condition of your weatherstripping regularly. It eliminates drafts and keeps warm air in.
- Install outlet covers or insulating foam sealers behind the cover plates of outlets and light switches to cut down on heat loss through exterior walls.
- Seal any gaps around pipe penetration points and duct vents.
Use your heating system efficiently
- Replace mechanical thermostats with electronic ones: you could save up to 10% of your heating costs.
- Lower the heat by just one degree Celsius and you could reduce heating expenses by 5% to 7%.
- Don’t heat unoccupied rooms unnecessarily.
- Keep your baseboard heaters and hot air registers free of dust.
- Keep furniture away from heat sources.
- If you have central heating, you can purchase a smart thermostat that will learn about your daily routine and adjust the temperature automatically for you!
- If you have a garage, make sure you don’t overheat it.
- Open your blinds or curtains on the side where the sun comes in, and close them on the other side.
- Close all your blinds and curtains at night.
Replace your lightbulbs with more energy efficient bulbs
- Replace your incandescent or halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified CFL or LED bulbs.
- Turn off outdoor lights before going to bed. By turning off three 60-W bulbs that used to be left on all night, you could save up to $40 a year.
- If you need to replace strings of holiday lights, choose LEDs. On average, they use 90% less power than conventional bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Put your lights and other holiday decorations on a timer. You’ll save money and electricity by not leaving them on needlessly all night long.