Although winter hasn't officially arrived yet, the weather outside is cold and sometimes brutal. When the temperature has dropped you can be certain that your energy bill will go up. Luckily there are some energy-saving tips that you can use to keep your bills from skyrocketing through the roof.
1. Stop window drafts
Take control over the drafts that are coming through your windows by better insulating them. You can purchase a clear film that will provide a tight seal to the frame of the window to help keep the warm air in and the cool air outside. When you apply this plastic film to your windows it creates an extra layer of protective air. If the thought of applying plastic film doesn't sound appealing you can use heavy insulating curtains during the winter months instead.
2. Turn down the thermostat
Put on a sweater when you're inside and you'll be able to turn down the thermostat a degree or two. You can also turn the thermostat down 5° when you're sleeping or when you're at work during the day.
3. Switch to LED lights
Make sure that you're using only LED lights around the house and for your Christmas decorations. If you're still using the older strings of lights to decorate your home during the holiday season you are burning up a lot of energy and increasing your utility bills. LED lights are reasonably priced and it's worth the extra cost to switch over to them now.
4. Inspect and maintain your fireplace and heating system
It's that time of year where you should be replacing the air filter on your furnace and you may want to call in a specialist to give your heating system its annual checkup. When your system is dirty it will increase your energy bills considerably.
If you're still running an older type of fireplace, you should check into the new advances that have been made to see how they can lower your energy bills. A regular brick fireplace will definitely keep you toasty warm when you're sitting in the same room but at the same time it will suck out a lot of heat from other rooms. If you want your fireplace to help heat your home you'll need to install glass doors along with an exchange system.