8 Energy Saving Tips To Prepare Your Greenville Home for Winter
Winter is coming! It’s that season of the year when most people prefer to stay indoors than go out and endure the biting cold weather. We only experience mild winter in Greenville yet you should be conscious of the updates to prepare your home for the winter. Have you inspected your home to make sure that it is as energy efficient as possible?
Our home gives us warmth and in these cold winter days, you need to take steps to ensure that your home does not waste energy while keeping your family warm. Getting high-energy bills drains your wallet so you must ready your home to help reduce energy consumption. Follow these energy saving tips to make sure your home is prepared for the winter.
Seal windows and door frames
Caulk windows and your doorframes to prevent heat from escaping. If you have cracked windows, seal them, we don’t want to let the heat escape and cause your energy bill to skyrocket. Sealing gaps around windows and doors can save you up to 15 percent on your energy bills. Also, if you have openings in structure, the water can get in and freeze which may turn into cracks or build up mold so be sure to check any leaks.
Check your heater
You don’t want your heater breaking down on a cold winter night. It is important that you have it checked to ensure that it is working to its maximum efficiency. Simple things like replacing your heater’s air filter, cleaning and removing dust from vents can also help your heater run efficiently.
Check your insulation
Insulation reduces the heat flowing out of your home. Heat loss through the ceiling and walls in your home will be large if not properly insulated. Seal holes, weather-strip and insulate your attic hatch or door to prevent warm air from escaping out of the top of your house.
Use a thermostat
Get a thermostat if you don’t have one. A set-back thermostat can save you energy because it allows you to automatically turn down the heat when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping. Using a set-back thermostat can cut heating costs up to 75%.
Raise Your Refrigerator Temperature
Did you know that setting the temperature of your refrigerator higher can save you energy? Setting the temperature on your fridge between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit is considered best practice by EnergyStar.gov. The FDA recommends temperature on your freezer 0°-F (-18°-C).
Reverse the ceiling fan
Reversing the switch on your ceiling fans can force the heat back down into the room. Clockwise rotation makes an upward draft that sends the warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into the room, it can help cut your heating costs by as much as 10%.
Close off any unused rooms
Save money by reducing heat loss. Close any unused room so your heater will only concentrate on heating the rooms you use.
Add draft stoppers
Place draft stoppers at the bottom of your exterior doors to make sure no hot air can leak out of your home during winter. This will improve the energy efficiency of your home.