Warm Up This Winter with These Energy-Saving Tips
From snow showers to blustery winds, keeping your home warm throughout the winter can be tough — but small changes can have a big impact on your power bill. With these tips, you’ll be ready to handle snow days, holiday parties, and everything in between like an energy-efficiency expert.
Instead of cranking up the thermostat, one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is to put on a pair of warm socks and sweatshirt or cozy up with a blanket. This will help keep you warm without using additional energy.
Get a humidifier
In the winter, the cold weather can make the air in your home very dry. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air, which makes it feel warmer and holds heat better — so you can set your thermostat at a lower temperature and still feel comfortable.
Unplug unnecessary electronics
Even when an electronic device is turned off, it still draws some power from the outlet — wasting energy. If you plan on taking a trip this winter, be sure to unplug any appliances or electronic devices before you leave that won’t need power while you’re gone.
Use your fireplace carefully
Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning so your heat doesn’t escape up the chimney. To prevent heat loss when using your fireplace, install tempered glass doors to keep the warm air in, and a heat-air exchange system, which blows the warm air back into the room.
Fill up on hot cocoa
Winter is the perfect time to get your fix of hot cocoa and warm eggnog! These drinks are delicious and will warm you up at the same time, so you don’t need to turn up the thermostat.
For even more ways to save energy, check out these 7 energy-savings projects you can do in 5 minutes or less!