With winter arriving, and many of us already feeling a nip in the air, it’s time to think of cost-efficient ways to keep your home warm. Home insulation helps reduce the energy required to heat up a home, but there are many other ways to achieve that. Below are some of the tricks to help you save on your energy bill this winter:
1. Close your curtains at night. Curtains prevent cold air from entering and radiant heat from escaping. If it’s particularly cold in your area, consider purchasing insulated curtains. You can also place curtains in front of doors to add another layer of protection.
2. Let sunlight in during the day. If the sun’s rays are hitting your windows, open up the curtains and let the light come into your home to warm it up. However, if sunlight isn’t directly passing through the windows, opening up the curtains has little effect.
3. Close rooms that are not in use to save energy. Turn off the heat in these rooms, if possible. Close all exterior and interior doors in the home as tightly as possible to reduce draft and prevent heat loss.
4. Seal up gaps and cracks commonly found at doors and windows. Use weather stripping, which can be found at your local hardware store. Inspect your attic and basement for leaks and seal them with sealants such as caulk.
5. Use a programmable thermostat to control the temperature in your home. This device will help save on your energy bill by automatically lowering the temperature during the night or when you leave the home.
Winter is also the time to be more cautious about fire hazards. If you have space heaters, never leave them on during the night. Place any flammable material at least 3 feet away. More heating equipment safety tips can be found here. For professional fire, mold or water restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.