The best part about winter? Snuggling up with a favorite blanket and a hot drink. Keep the good vibes going without worrying that winter weather will wreck your household’s energy use.
Snuggle up to energy savings with these five cold-weather tips:
1. Seal leaks to stop drafts.
No one likes a cold draft on a winter day. Air leaks can cause your home to lose 25% or more of the energy used to heat it! Doors are the #1 culprit, so use door seals and door sweeps to stop cold air in its tracks (plus, get instant rebates from us). But don’t stop there; check key holes, ceiling light fixtures, and fireplace mantels to see if you can spot other places your heat could be escaping and seal them accordingly.
2. Replace your air filters.
This is more of an every season tip, as you should clean or replace your air filters once a month. Dirty or clogged air filters make your heating system work much harder to warm your home. They’re also just gross. Seriously, have you seen that dust buildup? Eww.
3. Leave your oven door open.
Let’s be clear: Please do not use your oven to heat your home. It’s expensive and dangerous. But if you’ve already used it to cook something tasty? No use wasting that heat, so crack open the oven door just a bit (after you’ve turned it off, of course) and let it warm your kitchen for a little while.
4. Reset your water heater.
Setting your home’s heat to the right temp is super important, but you should remember your home’s second-highest energy user: your water heater. Whether you use it or not, your water heater continually reheats water to a set temperature, 24/7. Try setting your water heater’s temp just a few degrees cooler to save energy. You won’t even notice the difference.
5. Try these hot tub tips to save even more.
Winter is hot tub season, so if you’ve got one, please invite us over (j/k…kinda). To save energy, use a good hot tub cover, plus a thermal blanket for the water’s surface, to keep rising heat from escaping. Most hot tubs come preprogrammed at 104°, but adjusting the temperature to 101° will save a lot of energy while still keeping the water nice and toasty. And lastly, don’t forget to set your heater lower, or even turn it off, if you’re not going to use your hot tub for a week or more (just don’t turn it all the way off in the winter so your pipes don’t freeze).
Follow these easy tips and you’ll be an energy winner this winter! Visit our tips page to save all year long, whatever the weather.