As winter sets in, the cost of energy often goes up. The weather gets cooler and nights darken more quickly, which means most of us turn up the heat and turn on more lights—but these tips can help you reduce your home’s energy consumption and increase your savings:
- Keep your blinds open during the day and closed at night. The sun can help warm your home. If you live in a particularly cold climate or have large windows, consider investing in heavy drapes to help keep the heat in at night.
- Bundle up! One of the easiest ways to reduce your heating bill is to add warm clothing layers. Wear a sweater and warm socks, and add throw blankets to your couch so it’s easy to get cozy.
- Change the filter in your heating system. Replacing it frequently can cut your yearly energy costs by 5-15%.
- Adjust your thermostat at night. If you turn your heat down by 10-15 degrees at night, you can save as much as 10% on your heating bills. A smart thermostat can make it even easier to adjust the temperature.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Particularly in winter months, your home can become dry, but moist air both feels warmer and holds heat better, helping you feel more comfortable when your thermostat is set cooler.
- Decorate with LEDs for the holidays. New LED lights use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than older, incandescent light bulbs. Whatever kind of lights you use, make sure to unplug them before going to bed or leaving the house, which reduces your power usage and helps prevent fire hazards.