Welcome to Winter.
The bitter cold temps & winds can be unforgiving on your hands, face...and house. The extreme winter weather often prompts people to pump up the heat & cozy up under a warm vent. We would like to encourage you to instead grab a cozy sweater & read on to learn some quick & easy tips from Popular Mechanics
to Winterize Your Home.
1. Don't Let Father Winter In
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that drafts waste 5%- 30% of your total energy. If you feel a draft coming in through a window or under a door plug it up with a homemade draft snake or a rolled up towel. Keeping that cold air out will keep your heating system from working overtime.
2. What Comes Around Goes Around
You know that funny-looking shaped object hanging from your ceiling? Yes, the ceiling fan! Did you know that you can use it during the winter too. Reverse the fan's direction to clockwise so that it will pull the air up higher into the room & then push it back down. This can cut back your energy costs 10%!
3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Programmable thermostats just may very well be the best thing since sliced bread. On average these devices save families about $180/year. Taking control of the temperature while you're in the house & having it shut off when you're not in the house is key to energy-efficiency. Studies show that for every degree you lower your thermostat you'll save 1%-3% on your heating bill.
Do you have questions about other ways to winterize your home? Stay tuned for next Wednesday's Winterizing blog.