How Can I Lower My Electric Bill During the Winter?
No one likes to spend their money on wasted energy during the cold winter, so what can you do to save energy in the home and keeping your hard-earned money for yourself?
Better WindowsWindows are helpful for energy efficiency in what they let in and what they keep out. If you have the option to invest in energy-efficient windows, you may find your investment is returned in lower energy bills. However, if replacing all the windows in your home is not affordable, you can still take steps to keep windows from letting air escape when you don’t want it to.
According to Energy.gov, there are several steps to increase the efficiency of your windows:
- Make sure the seals are tight-fitting and you keep the window locked.
- Apply clear plastic sheeting or film to the outside of the windows.
- Inside, hang thick, insulating drapes designed to reduce drafts.
Managing Air Leaks
Another place to check for energy loss is your attic space. Financial expert Clark Howard says investing in additional professional foam insulation can save you almost 30% in energy costs annually. Good insulation traps the warm air and keeps it from escaping so your energy dollars don’t escape either.
Other sneaky places the warm air likes to get out are through small leaks scattered around the house. Places like around the chimney, or plumbing, or electrical outlets let air leak out. You can do a visual inspection and make notes about where you need to add sealant. Or you can hire a professional technician to do an energy audit and make suggestions about where to make changes.