There are a lot of great reasons to reduce your energy consumption, such as protecting the environment and paying less for electricity. If you’re not sure where to start and would like some useful tips, this post will help you be more efficient with your consumption during this Fall/Winter season.
FALL - The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, and for someone interested in conserving energy this is the time to prepare for the winter.
- Buy insulated plates for outlets and caulk and weather-strip windows, doors, and dryer vents (drafts around electric outlets, doors, windows and vents can account for up to 25% of your total heating costs)
- Check your insulation – the attic represents between 10% and 15% of a home’s overall heat loss on average, so attics are the best places to start
- Ensure that your furnace is working at peak efficiency for the winter by arranging a yearly maintenance check
- Installing a programmable thermostat can save you between 16-25% in energy.
- The water heater is responsible for about 20% of the average energy bill, so you might want to think about a higher-insulated tank and about insulating your hot pipes with high-quality insulation.
WINTER – As the weather gets colder your energy consumption is sure to increase, but during this time the preparations you made during the fall will begin to pay off. On top of all that, there are still a number of things you can do during the winter months to conserve your energy.
- Check for drafts around electrical outlets, windows, and doors
- Open your curtains and blinds on bright and sunny days to warm the inside of the house, and then close them once the sun goes down in order to reduce heat loss
- Set your programmable thermostat to drop at least 3°C at night (while you are asleep beneath your warm blankets you can afford to spend less energy on heating the rest of the house)
- Properly humidified air feels warmer and allows you to turn your thermostat down, so use a humidifier
- Replace your most frequently used incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent ones as they use only a third of the electricity of the standard lightbulbs.
- An unfinished basement loses a lot of heat so adding interior insulation will go a long way to improving the overall energy efficiency of your home.
If you follow these steps during this Fall/Winter season you are sure to save energy, and in the long run this will not only benefit the environment but also your pocketbook.