May 14th, 2019 8:45 AM by ERA Big Sun Realty
Energy Saving Tips for Winter
For some people winter is a wonderful season, filled with holiday cheer and plenty of activities that can only happen when the temperature drops.
For others it is a season that causes a great deal of discomfort, one that can only be endured with the use of modern heating technology and plenty of hot toddies.
But no matter how you happen to view the coldest season, one thing is certain – your energy bill is going to climb quite a bit as the weather cools.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to limit the damage to your wallet and to increase your overall comfort in the process. Here are some effective energy saving tips for winter, ones that might make the cold just a little more bearable.
Use these Winter energy savings tips to not only bring down your bills but to make your home a safer and more enjoyable place to live.
Tips for Saving Energy This Winter
Take a close look at your fireplace – While traditional fireplaces are fun to use and provide great atmosphere, they do need to be maintained properly and fitted with modern additions to actually provide efficient heat for your home. Make sure the chimney and fireplace are clean and sealed. Keep the flue closed when you are not using the fireplace. And if you want the fireplace to actually heat your home, you will need to install glass fireplace doors and an exchange system to push warm air into the home and pull cold air into the fireplace. Many people do not realize that a conventional brick fireplace may warm the room you are in but it will suck the heat out of the rest of your home making it feel colder in other areas.
Install a programmable thermostat – If your house still has an old thermostat that you have to manually adjust you could be losing money on your heating bill. A programmable thermostat allows you to set what temperature you want during all hours. So you can tell the system to lower by 10 degrees at bed time every night or to begin heating the house a half hour before you get home from work. These are not terribly expensive and can be a really easy way to save a little money in heating costs. Again remember the temptation to saving energy in the winter could cause you to roll back your thermostat too much during times where you are not around. There is a fine line between dropping the temperature some and lowering it too much.
If you are going to be selling your home there is no question that buyers are conscious regarding the energy consumption of your home. In fact one of the top question I get as a Realtor is what the energy bills are for the homes I am marketing. Buyers consistently ask for records of prior heating and electricity bills.
They do this to gauge the efficiency of your home and be able to budget for their own financial purposes. Buyers have a number of expenses when purchasing a home. Many buyers will look for homes that are not only pleasing to the eye but energy efficient as well.
First time buyers will especially scrutinize these bills as many of them are on a tight budget. So while all these energy savings tips will help you in the short run when it comes time to sell they can reap additional benefits!