The Winter months can be extremely brutal on your electric bill. The colder it gets outside, the higher your bill climbs. Here are a couple ways you can help yourself save energy and money during these Winters of discontent.
Prevent fireplace heat loss
Fireplaces can be a great way to warm up the room, however, in their downtime, they more often suck the heat out of your home. A good way to help prevent this energy loss is by installing an airtight door over the opening. This will help keep the heated air from leaking up the chimney and out of your home. The price of an airtight door are more expensive than regular covers, but in due time, they will pay for themselves by saving you energy.
Use your windows wisely
If you have windows that are met with direct sun exposure, you can use this to your advantage! During daylight hours, keep your blinds or drapes open on these windows so the sunlight can provide you with free heating. At night, cover these windows up to prevent any possible draft. Installing quilted curtains is a great way to prevent heat from leaving your home.
Turn down the thermostat without sacrificing comfort
Turning down your thermostat to save yourself some money is common sense at this point, but no one likes wearing 5 layers of clothing to stay warm. A good way to stay warm when the thermostat is down is to use a space heater. Their performance shines in walled-in rooms, so keep one around where your family likes to hang around. Keep in mind though, in order to net yourself savings with a space heater, you must keep the thermostat down, otherwise, you’ll just be wasting energy.
Use an infrared thermometer to find drafts
Infrared thermometers or thermal leak detectors are a great way to seek out drafts or poorly insulated parts of your home. They are available at some home centers and online. If you get your hands on one of these, be sure to check around your entrances and exits, around your windows, in your attic, and in your basement for possible heat leaks. If you find any, you’ll want to take care of them as soon as possible. There are many do-it-yourself ways to take care of energy leaks.
Get yourself an energy audit
Energy audits are a guaranteed way to find all the leaks of energy in your home. The audit usually involves an air blower and an infrared camera that pinpoints the location of the leaks. These usually take up to two to three hours. You’ll want to check with your energy company for more information about energy audits.
Save energy with an advanced security system
Most people only see security systems as a way to protect your home, but Smith Monitoring can offer you more. Our Smart Home Energy package offers you light and appliance control modules that allow you to control your thermostat and electrical appliances remotely. This will help you cut back on your energy consumption and ensure you don’t leave anything on when you leave your home.
So, don’t live cheap. Live smart. Save yourself some energy and money and stay warm during those Winter months.