The holidays are a great time to lower energy bills and give yourself the gift of extra spending money. Here are some well-tested strategies that can help you slash your household energy consumption and save this season:
Seal Leaks in the Conditioned Envelope
You can boost comfort and save energy by applying caulk around the exterior door and window frames, and sealing the doors properly with sweeps and weatherstripping. Additionally, check for and plug up gaps and holes around the foundation/sill plate, where different structural components meet, and penetrations for wiring, gas lines, plumbing pipes and exhaust vents using caulk or insulating expandable foam.
Set Back the Thermostat Temperature Daily
Setting the thermostat temperature back for eight-hour periods every day can provide significant savings. The easiest way to do this is with a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have one yet, get a model installed that matches your weekly routine and program it around your typical daily schedule.
Lower Your Water Heating Costs
Most water heater manufacturers set the thermostat at 140 degrees. You can curb the appliance’s energy consumption and save money by dialing back the setting to 120 degrees. Installing an insulated jacket on your older water heater to reduce standby energy losses can increase your savings.
Make Sure the Furnace Operates Efficiently
If your furnace hasn’t had a yearly tuneup yet, book a visit from your HVAC technician now to ensure it operates at maximum efficiency throughout the heating season. To maintain its efficiency, be sure to check the air filter monthly and replace it at least every 90 days or when there’s any visible sign of dirt accumulation.
Seal Up Drafts Around Windows
Even if upgrading to new, energy-efficient windows isn’t in your plans right now, you can still save energy by stopping drafts. You can have storm windows made to install outside or seal the windows with plastic film on the inside. Replacing your existing window treatments with energy efficient ones can also help reduce heat loss.
For more ways to lower energy bills in your Dayton home, contact us at Detmer and Sons.
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