With the winter months upon us soon, we know the cold can bring more than just a brutal wind chill – it can lead to harsh energy bills, too. While you’re preparing for the winter season, help conserve energy in your home by taking the time to make it more energy efficient. Use the following tips to create huge energy savings down the road. Trust us, a few small changes can make a big difference.
1. Order a propane refill before it gets cold
Here at Van Dyke Gas, we’ve made the ordering and refiling process simple. Don’t wait until the winter weather arrives! Place an order today.
2. Inspect your home’s heating appliances
Have a qualified technician inspect any heating appliances before the colder weather settles in. This is the best way to conserve energy and save money while avoiding any unexpected costs that may come with appliance repairs.
3. Take advantage of natural sunlight
Even though the winter months can be long, and the sun may seem scarce, open your curtains and take advantage of the sun’s warmth during the day and close them before it gets colder in the evenings. While you’re at it, check for any leaks around your doors and windows to prevent a cold wind draft.
4. Install energy-efficient windows
Leaky windows can be responsible for 25-30% of heat loss in your home. That’s your hard-earned money literally just flying out the window. There is a solution. Installing energy-efficient, double-pane windows will decrease costs dramatically.
5. Heat water efficiently
It’s no secret that water heating can be a huge expense. That’s why we recommend converting your hot water from electric to propane, which can save you $85 a year! To reduce your water heating expenses further, consider installing low-flow showerheads and setting your water heater to not exceed 120º Fahrenheit.
6. Use a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help ensure you and your family are only using the heat when you need it. You can even optimize your energy consumption by setting your thermostat to adjust automatically at specific times or days based on your schedule.
7. Install LEDs
LEDs are 75-80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In addition, they last longer, so you won’t have to change your lights as often. Saving energy and time? We call that a win-win!
8. Keep your HVAC filter clean
An often overlooked house chore, this is probably the best thing you can do to ensure you’re saving energy costs come winter. Dirty filters can create blockages in your home’s airflow, so you should change your HVAC filter monthly or clean it monthly if you have a “permanent” electrostatic filter. The process is simple, and it only takes about a minute. The hardest part is remembering to buy replacement filters. Our recommendation? Buy in bulk so you’re always prepared.
9. Heat with propane
If you’re looking for a great, cost-effective way to heat your home in the winter as an alternative to electricity, look no further than propane! Heating with propane is often less expensive than heating with electricity, and propane heat systems often last longer than electric.