Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Written on: February 23, 2022
4 tips for saving money on your heating bills this winter
New Englanders know how to get through even the toughest of winters. And this year’s has already dumped a lot of snow on our region. If you’re worried that this winter is going to be a burden on your budget, we have some tips for making your home more energy efficient that will help you cut costs on your heating bills without sacrificing comfort. And your comfort matters a great deal to us here at Lombardi Energy & Gas.
Cut costs and stay comfortable
One of the easiest and best ways to save money on your energy bills during the winter months is to make your home as energy efficient as possible. There are also some simple tools you can use that will help you make the most of your heating system. As an added bonus, you won’t just be saving money on your winter heating bills. Hard as it is to imagine the heat of summer right now, the steps you take to make your home more energy efficient this winter will also save you money on your energy bills when it’s time to start using the air conditioning. That’s because an efficient home is better able to maintain whatever your desired temperature is.
- Use a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat is a great tool for maintaining control over your home environment and your family’s comfort. They’re also really easy to use. It doesn’t take a lot to see results. For example, if you set your thermostat to decrease the temperature in your home by about 6 degrees while your family is out for the day and while everyone is sleeping, you could save up to 10% on your heating bills.
- Eliminate the drafts in your home: Drafty homes can lose up to 20% of their warm air through the small gaps around windows and doors, chimney, ductwork, etc. You can greatly reduce this loss by caulking your windows and using door sweeps and weather stripping. Now your home will be better able to retain the air you’re paying to warm. That means more of each dollar you spend on heating oil or gas will actually go to heating your home.
- Add insulation: In addition to reducing the drafts in your home, adding insulation helps your home maintain the desired temperature with a smaller expenditure of energy from your HVAC system. When your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you and your family warm, you see the savings on your energy bills. Chances are your attic isn’t insulated. That’s a good place to start.
- Harness the power of the sun: Even if you don’t have a single solar panel, you can use the sun to help heat your home. Open your home’s curtains in the morning to let in as much sunlight as possible. Close your curtains once the sun goes down. They’ll act as added insulation and help keep the heat in.
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