During the cold Indianapolis winter, high heating expenses can put a serious dent in your budget. Fortunately, you can use the following ways to conserve energy and save significantly on your utility bills.
Ways to Conserve Energy: Reduce the Temperature in Your House
Did you know that you can save significantly for every degree you lower the thermostat between 60 and 70 degrees? Set the thermostat to the lowest temperature that you find comfortable. Compensate by staying bundled up in warm clothing, and stay warm at night using a thick duvet, blanket, or comforter.
Ways to Conserve Energy: Purchase a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature settings automatically for maximum energy efficiency. The Wi-Fi-enabled device learns your preferences and habits and creates a schedule to adjust to energy-saving settings automatically when you’re away or asleep. The Department of Energy reports that you can save as much as 10% on your energy bill if you turn down your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees from its usual set point for eight hours every day. You can access and adjust a smart thermostat remotely.
Ways to Conserve Energy: Eliminate Drafts and Air Leaks
Drafts and air leaks make it harder to warm your home. They make your heating system work harder, increasing your heating budget. Keep the cold outside by air-sealing your house.
Use caulk for openings and cracks between stationary objects, such as window and door frames. For things that move, such as window sashes and doors, install weatherstripping. The basement and attic tend to have the biggest air leaks. Seal small cracks with caulk or foam and fill larger holes by installing or replacing insulation.
Ways to Conserve Energy: Switch to LED Lights
Traditional incandescent lights use 75% more energy than LED lights. If you still use traditional light bulbs, winter is an ideal time to swap them out with LEDs to cut down on your electricity use. You’ll enjoy even bigger savings if you also use LED lights for your holiday decorations.
With these tips, you’ll maximize your winter energy savings without sacrificing your comfort. For more ways to conserve energy, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We help homeowners in the Indianapolis area solve their home-comfort and energy-efficiency issues.