In our previous blog post, we discussed a few tips for being green and saving money this winter. Today, we’ll be wrapping up this blog series with some final tips from TheDailyGreen.Com.
Turn Down the Heat
If you know you’ll be out of the house, turn down the thermostat. It is one of the easiest ways to save money and energy. Think of it this way, for every degree you lower the temperature during winter, you’ll save up to 3% on your heating bill.
If you have old windows and replacing them with energy-efficient windows isn’t in your budget, think about putting insulation plastic on the window glass. It’ll be an added barrier that helps your home hold in the heat and keep drafts out.
Don’t Underestimate Caulking and Weatherstripping
Even a small air leak in your windows and/or doors can impact your home energy efficiency. Seal up all the gaps with caulking and weatherstripping. Need some more direction for these techniques? Visit http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/air-sealing-your-home.
Get Warm and Cozy
It’s winter, the season for warm sweaters. Instead of turning up the heat, throw on a sweater or curl up in a blanket. It doesn’t have to be summer in your house while it’s winter outside your house.
It is more of an invasive and complicated process (especially if you’re a DIY-type of person), but adding insulation between walls can make a big difference in your energy efficiency. You also need to make sure your basement ceiling and attic floor are insulated.
If you live in an area where freezing pipes are a potential problem, you may want to insulate your pipes. Even if your pipes will never freeze, you can save on your water-heating bill by insulating them.
This is a bigger picture tip, but still an important one. Many federal, state and local incentives exist to push consumers towards greener, alternative energy, like solar panels. If you are looking to become more energy efficient, you should check these out.
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