Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Homey In Winter

Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Homey In Winter

Image title19 Ways in 2019 Quick & Easy Energy Efficiency Tips

Energy efficiency means you are using less energy to do the same jobs, reducing your home's energy waste and saving money. To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy - it requires you becoming aware of how energy is used, where it's wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life. Here are some top tips to help your home or business save energy and be more efficient.

Saving Energy at Home

  1. Change your light bulbs to LEDs! 

  2. Wash your clothes in cold water, burr!

  3. Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save almost 10% on home heating costs.

  4. Clean or replace all filters in your home. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer.

  5. To ensure your appliances are running efficiently, defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup.

  6. Open shades during cooler months to let the sun warm your home.

  7. Don't peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25* making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up.

  8. Install some WI-FI light bulbs and control your fixtures with a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights. 

  9. Don't leave your computer on all day long. Only turn on your computer when you need it.

  10. Install a WI-FI thermostat, we love Nest or Honeywell! Set as low as possible in the winter. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall heating bill will be.

  11. Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead. 

  12. Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer's recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.

  13. If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows, or adding solar shades or tinting film.

  14. Turn off the lights when they're not in use. Lighting accounts for savings of 12% of a typical residential utility bill.

  15. Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight. It only takes a couple of hours to charge.

  16. Turn off the oven a few minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.

  17. Check doors that go outside and see if you feel a draft, simple fix is head to Home Depot and find door trim spacers.

  18. Recirculate warm air after it rises to the ceiling by running your fan on its lowest setting in a clockwise direction. This will push warm air back down, keeping your room comfortably warm even during the winter.

  19. Whether you’re using a furnace or a heat pump, make sure to have your heating system checked before the cold season begins.

Stay Warm, Philly!

Colleen O'Hara

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