Furnace Tips: Five Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient This Winter
Between heating your home and having to keep your lights on longer, your electricity bills can start to add up in the winter. Here are some easy ways to make your home more energy efficient this season.
1. Replace the air filters in your furnace regularly. Clogged furnace filters can cause your furnace to work overtime as it’s harder to push the warm air out into your living space. Check on your filters regularly to ensure your home is being heated efficiently.
2. Turn your thermostat down at night and when you leave the house. Never turn it off – it could lead to bursting pipes – but your heating system doesn’t need to be on full blast all of the time. If you’re forgetful, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature at night and certain times during the day.
3. Replace your lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones. Since a lot of us use our lights more often in the winter as there is less daylight, this is a great way of saving some money because it really adds up. You can also buy Energy Star products whenever possible – just look for the Energy Star label when you’re out shopping.
4. Warm air can escape your home from the tiniest crack, so make sure electrical outlets, doors and windows are properly insulated.
5. Try to avoid doing laundry until you have a full load, and use cold water when you can – it takes a lot more energy for your washing machine to use hot water.
And stay safe this winter with these home heating safety tips, from Bryan’s Fuel in Orangeville.