One of the first things people wish to learn when they are renting a home is how they can reduce energy usage. Reducing the amount of energy your home uses in the winter is a great way to save money and keep everyone comfortable indoors for less! Here are some energy tips for keeping your bills low this winter.
Find the Optimal Temperature
Once temperatures outdoors have dropped significantly, you will want to find the lowest comfortable temperature possible. A couple of degrees translates into hundreds of dollars very quickly. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests programmable thermostats to dynamically control the temperature of your home. These smart tools can maximize energy savings year-round as well.
Fans are Equally as Effective in the Winter
The hot summer months are made comfortable by cool A/C and the calm breeze of floor and ceiling fans, but did you know they also help during the winter months? Regular circulation of air around main rooms aids in the effectiveness of your heater. This tip is especially important for rooms with high ceilings. Since heat rises, you will want that warmer air to be circulated down as much as possible
Insulation Saves Money
Depending on how long ago your home was built, its insulation may not be functioning as effectively as it should be. Depending on the type of insulation and how it was installed, your home could be losing vital heat. Local contractors and home improvement companies are a great resource for inexpensively adding new insulation.
Be sure to replace the furnace filter while replacing air filters around your home. Replacing your furnace filter extends the life of your HVAC unit, reduces energy needs, improves air quality, and keeps your entire HVAC system clean.
We hope these quick tips are helpful in your quest to reduce bills this winter. For more renter tips please visit our blog and be sure to check back for new articles.