7 Tips to Stay Warm and Save Money This Winter

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Now that cooler weather is here, it’s time to start thinking about heating your home. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably trying to figure out how to save money on heating costs. One of the best ways to do this is by assessing your furnace and making sure it’s in good working order. By planning ahead, you can potentially save money on heating bills or dodge a breakdown in the middle of a cold snap.

Here are some additional tips from the U.S. Department of Energy on how to keep your home warm this winter.

7 Ways to Save Money and Energy This Winter

As the weather gets colder, it’s important to take steps to make sure you’re staying comfortable while also saving money and energy. Here are seven tips to help you do just that:

1. Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun – During the day, open curtains and blinds to let in the sun’s natural heat. Then, close them at night to insulate your home from the cooler outside temperatures.

2. Cover Drafty Windows – One of the biggest sources of heat loss in a home is through windows. To combat this, seal your windows with caulk or weather-stripping and hang heavy curtains over them.

3. Adjust the Temperature – You can save energy and money by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter months. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it lower when you’re sleeping or away from home. Every degree can add up to big savings!

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4. Find and Seal Leaks – Another way heat escapes a home is through leaks. Check for leaks around doors and windows and seal them with caulk or weather-stripping. Also, be sure to check for any air leaks around electrical outlets, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures.

5. Maintain Your Heating Systems – It’s important to have your heating systems (furnaces, boilers, etc.) serviced regularly to ensure they’re running efficiently and aren’t wasting energy. Additionally, be sure to replace furnace filters monthly during the winter months.

6. Reduce Heat Loss from the Fireplace – If you have a fireplace, be sure to use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to prevent heat loss when not in use. Additionally, close the flue damper when not using the fireplace to further reduce heat loss up the chimney.

7. Keep Water Heater at the Warm Setting (120°F) – By keeping your water heater set at 120°F, you’ll not only save energy but also prevent scalding accidents.

By following these seven tips, you’ll be able to stay comfortable all winter long without breaking the bank!

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