Winter. The word itself conjures up images of playing in the snow, huddling up near a fireplace, and making hot beverages in the kitchen. But, as magical as it sounds, winter can be a nightmare for your home’s heating systems and appliances — having to work hard just to keep the temperature at a cozy level. For most people, this means that their electricity bill skyrockets during the cold months of the year. Fortunately, there are energy-saving tips you can employ in order to stay warm and minimize your heating costs.
Tune Up Your Heating Systems
Regardless of which type of home heating system you have, it’s important that you schedule a maintenance check and tune-up before the cold winter winds arrive. A well-maintained heating system is much more energy-efficient, and also reduces the risk of it breaking down in the middle of winter. It’s best to do so as early as possible, as your heating system may eventually need to be replaced if it’s no longer working efficiently despite maintenance and repairs.
Seal Off Cold Air
No matter how efficient or energy-optimized your home heating system is, if there’s a draft coming into your home, your electricity bill is bound to rack up. That said, it’s important to watch out for drafts of cold wind entering your home and making your heating system/appliances work extra hard to keep the overall temperature warm. Make a checklist that includes your doors, attic, walls, windows, crawlspace, and even the garage, and inspect each area for drafts. You’ll definitely want to caulk and seal any cracks and joints where cold air can pass through. Your entryway doors (front door, back door, garage door etc.) should have weather-stripping to prevent air and water from coming in.
Sunshine and Drapes
Opening your drapes or curtains while the sun is out can allow sunshine to permeate through your windows and glass doors. Sunlight can help heat up your home and lower the energy cost of your heating system. During sundown, you’ll want to close the drapes/curtains in order to keep the heat inside your home.
There’s no question that boilers (for heating systems) and hot water (for showering) are more frequently used during winter, but it also means higher energy cost. Although a water softener is oftentimes advertised to provide health and skincare benefits by filtering and removing ‘hard’ minerals, pollutants, and impurities in your home’s water supply, your home’s heating system (and any appliances utilizing water) can benefit just as much from soft water. In fact, a study by the Water Quality Research Foundation showed that soft water can help you save money by significantly reducing the energy cost of operating boilers and water heaters. That said, installing a water softener in your Ogden home can be beneficial to your health, plumbing system, and your wallet.
Put Your Old Blankets and Towels on the Floor
While not the most visually appealing option, covering your floors with blankets and towels can help with insulation and also keep your bare feet warm. Rolled up towels/blankets can be placed at the bottom of your front and back doors to prevent cold wind from seeping in.
Cook and Bake
Instead of ordering food for delivery, or eating out, try cooking and baking more frequently during winter. The heat from the stove and oven can actually help warm up the ambient air temperature, and cooking/baking with your family can be a fun way to bond and stay warm.
Winter can be a challenging time for those staying indoors and their home’s heating systems. Luckily, with these energy-saving tips, it’s possible to stay warm without punching a hole through your wallet.