Winter is coming!
Here are some ideas to help you save money and stay comfortable at the same time:
- Use (or install) a programmable thermostat. Turn the heat down a few degrees at night and when you are gone during the day. The U.S. Department of Energy says that by doing this you can save 5-15% on your yearly energy costs
- Have a professional check your heating and cooling equipment to make sure it’s running efficiently. Also replace air filters regularly — whenever it looks dirty, or every 3 months, whichever is sooner.
- In addition to lowering your thermostat to about 120 degrees (F), adding insulation to an older water heater or the pipes themselves can keep water warmer longer.
- Wait to run your dishwasher until it is full; a half-load uses the same amount of water and energy as a full one.
- When you’re using the stove, choose the right burner for your pots and pans. Using a big burner for a small pot can waste a lot of energy.
- Keep your washing machine set to use cold water, whenever possible. And don’t forget to clean that lint trap in the dryer.
- Using compact fluorescent bulbs is an excellent idea, particularly for lights you use all the time, like above your porch or in your kitchen.
- Replace your old decorative lights with new, energy-efficient models. Not only will they save electricity, they’ll last longer.
If all of this seems overwhelming, we have a great solution that we can take advantage of in Minnesota called The Home Energy Squad. They will come and install most of these items above and give you an analysis of how your home could be performing better! Visit https://www.homeenergysquad.net/ for more information!