As winter approaches, homeowners in the Northern Illinois and southwest Michigan area can learn some tips and techniques to cut back on energy usage. Learning how to stay warm while cutting back on energy can save money and prolong your furnace's lifespan. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, below are four suggestions for winter energy savings.
Plug in a Space Heater
Using a space heater does not lower your energy bills by itself, but you'll see savings on your power bill if you lower the temperature on your thermostat at the same time. Space heaters work best in smaller rooms that contain heat more efficiently. Modern, electric space heaters use much less energy than central air, so the more you lower your thermostat, the more money you save.
Improving and increasing insulation in your home creates a layer of protection against heat loss. You might need insulation in places where you feel a draft, including attics, basements, or between floors and ceilings. If you suspect you lack proper insulation, consult a professional for an installation assessment.
Lower the Temperature of Your Water
When you set your water heater to its hottest setting, you spend more money to help the water reach that temperature. To save cash, consider lowering the temperature to the normal setting. You'll get slightly cooler water, but you can still take a hot shower without washing money down the drain.
Install Heavy Curtains
Heavy or quilted curtains offer a convenient way to keep your house warm this winter. Instead of raising the thermostat, make your home feel warmer at its current temperature. Heavy or quilted curtains are easy to find and hang. These curtains will block drafts and add an extra layer of insulation to your existing windows.
When the weather gets cold, energy-efficient homeowners use creative ways to stay warm. If you already follow these tips and still have noticed your energy bills remain high, you might need to repair or replace your furnace. Call Comfort24-7 at 855-GET-COMFY (855-438-2663).