If you are planning on entertaining guests this holiday, you may be using more electricity than normal. You also may be turning up your furnace to keep all your guests comfortable during the cold holiday season. If you love to cozy up during the Holidays and would like to save a little money too, there are things you can do to keep your home warm and your energy costs down.
Energy Saving Tips
Here are some energy saving tips that can help you keep your home warm this winter without having to turn the temperature up on the thermostat.
- Seal windows and doors – head to your local home improvement store and pick up some weather stripping, caulk, and tape. When it’s cold outside you can usually feel where the cold air is coming in, block these gaps using the above products, if you have windows you don’t open during winter use weather sealing tape to seal them up.
- Add shades or curtains – energy efficient shades or heavy curtains can allow you to let the sun in during the day then trap the heat in at night. This can be especially handy if you have drafty windows throughout your home.
- Turn the thermostat down – turning the thermostat down a few degrees when you are not home or while you are sleeping can help reduce your energy costs. It can also help stop the air in your home from getting too dry.
- Add moisture – adding moisture to your air during the winter months can make the air in your home feel warmer and more comfortable. Consider installing a whole house humidifier.
- Let the hot air out – after you have baked delicious foods, turn the oven off and open the oven door. Let the heat inside the oven help heat that area of your home. Use extreme caution, especially if you have small children or pets.
- Furnace maintenance – when your furnace is well maintained it will run more efficiently. It will take less work and time for your furnace to heat your home and your home will remain comfortable. If you have not had your furnace maintained this year, now is the time to call.