Updated: Mar 18, 2021
The winter months in the Midwest can be brutal, especially when the thermometer reaches zero or even negative temperatures! We put together a list of 7 ways you can save on home heating and energy bills the next time the calendar reads winter. Follow these winter preparation tips to save money on your energy costs and still stay warm and cozy all winter long. 1. Turn Down Your Thermostat This might sound simple and easy. Simply turning your thermostat a few degrees is an easy and efficient way to save on energy costs. Throw an extra blanket or two on your bed at night and put some layers on during the day if you’re home. Turning your thermostat down even a few degrees for an extended period each day can save up to 10% on heating costs each year!
2. Upgrade to Energy Efficient Windows or Window Coverings Windows can be easy spots for cold drafts to enter into your home. Upgrade to energy-efficient windows can help reduce drafts and insulate your home better. They can be expensive, however. If new windows aren’t in the budget, merely adding some clear window coverings can also help reduce the draft and potentially save on some energy costs.
3. Check Seals Around Your Home Poorly insulated windows aren’t the only places that the winter chill can seep in. It’s also wise to check the insulation and seals around doors, windows, and electrical outlets to ensure the heat you’re pumping into your home remains inside. If you notice drafts, quick weather stripping or caulking around the frames will help seal the gaps. 4. Switch Ceiling Fan Rotation Switching your ceiling fan rotation will help with “rising” or lifting warmer air. This simple trick can help keep a room toastier with minimal energy consumption.
5. Maintain Your Heating Systems & Add Insulation Ensuring your heating unit or furnace is up-to-date and receiving periodic maintenance can help them run efficiently. Changing out air filters can help with saving on energy costs, too. Make sure your vents are cleaned regularly, too, to ensure proper heat distribution. Adding or updating the insulation of your home is another way to help warm your home during the winter while using less energy. 6. Close Vents in Unused Rooms Closing vents in unoccupied or unused rooms can help redistribute warm air from your furnace to rooms that are occupied more frequently.
7. Lower Your Hot Water Heater Temperature Lowering the water temperature of your hot water heater can help reduce energy costs and make sure you aren’t burned by scalding water! Turn your hot water heater to a “warm” setting, or around 120 degrees.
Following these energy saving tips hopefully can help reduce the cost of your energy bills each winter and still keep you warm and cozy!