How to Save Energy in Fall and Winter
As Cache Valley’s Builder of the Year, we build our custom homes with Energy Star standards to help keep your bills low and ensure that you get the best value from your home. Regardless of who built your house, here are some tips specifically to help you save energy this winter, leading to more money for you!
1) Welcome the sun
Although it may not seem like it, the sun can still provide a quite a bit of heat during the winter. If you have south-facing windows keep your blinds and curtains open to allow the sun to heat your rooms during the day. However, make sure to cover them again once the sun goes down, to avoid the chill that comes from windows at night.
2) Protect your windows
Speaking of windows, there is more you can do to help ensure they aren’t affecting the temperature of your home too much. In our last post we mentioned checking the seal of windows. If you have some especially drafty windows you could also apply a clear plastic film to the inside of your windows. These are easy to apply and easy to remove in the springtime – just be sure that the film is securely attached to the window frame!
Curtains and heavy drapes are also a great way to prevent drafts coming through your windows – and can add a new look to any room as well.
3) Use your thermostat
Make the most of sweater season by keeping your thermostat at the lowest temperature you feel is comfortable. Leaving the house for the day? By turning your thermostat down by 10 – 15 degrees for 8 hours a day you can save up to 10% a year on your heating bill! Why warm an empty house?
4) Turn down your water heater
Did you know that your water heater is responsible for about 18% of the energy consumed by your home? By changing to the warm setting (about 120 degrees) you will not only save energy, you’ll avoid burning your hands as well!
5) Show your holiday spirit with LED lights
Bright lights are often a favorite part of the holiday season. By using LED (light-emitting diode) lights you’ll reduce the amount of energy used by each string – giving you the freedom to use as many lights as you want!
Do you have any more energy saving tips? Want some additional ideas? Energy.gov is a great resource for more ideas as to how you can save money during the cold months. If you’re looking to move, stop by any of our new homes in Cache Valley. If you’re ready to build your dream home, contact us and we’ll help you build a custom home that is one of a kind!