Winter is everywhere, and with colder temperatures comes higher electric bills. Conserving energy is not only good for the planet, but also good for your wallet.
The Consumer Energy Center has great tips on how to keep your home warmer in the winter without the extra energy usage. Here are a few of those tips.
Check your home’s weather stripping and caulking. Most homes can conserve a lot of energy by re-caulking or changing worn weather stripping. Check around doors and windows for any drafts or holes. Check windows for a solid seal, and consider replacing windows if very drafty.
Check electric wall plugs and outlets for drafts, and if needed install precut foam behind the plates for insulation. Close your fireplace damper when not in use. Otherwise it will suck the hot air right out of your home and replace it with cold air.
Attic insulation is a huge energy saver. Insulation can wear down over time and become sparse. Replacing insulation can save a ton of energy. Make sure you have weather stripping at the attic entrances so your warm air doesn’t escape into the attic.
Your heating unit gets worked hard in the winter. Get it inspected, make sure you change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and use a set-back thermostat so you can adjust the temperature when you aren’t home. Reverse your fan blades to push air up instead of down. It helps circulate the hot air in the room. Also make sure your furniture or curtains do not block floor or wall vents.
One more tip that can help conserve energy is to change all of your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR® bulbs. According to The Consumer Energy Center “If every household changed a light to an ENERGY STAR® one, together we’d save enough energy to light 7 million homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 1 million cars.
Saving energy can help you in many ways and we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! If you are unsure what your options are, call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.