The Window Source 3 Tips To Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine
Although winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, temperatures across the country have already started plummeting. Now is the time to start thinking of ways to lower your heating bill. Heating is the largest utility expense in the average American home, according to the Department of Energy.
Taking the time to make just a few small changes can result in significant savings on your heating bill. Here are 3 ways to lower your electric bill this winter— without sacrificing on comfort.
#1 Keep Drafts Out
One of the very best ways to reduce your heating bill is to eliminate drafts. According to Money magazine, a ⅛ gap under a front door will let in as much air as a 2.4-inch hole punched in the wall. So, if you notice gaps or drafts around your entryway door, then replace it. The investment will be worth it.
Also, check your windows for drafts. If your heating bills were sky high last year, it could very well be due to your windows. Up to 25 percent of an average home’s heat escapes through the windows. Are you wondering if air is leaking around your windows? Check out this blog post for some simple tests that you can do to determine if your windows are leaking. If your windows are leaking or drafty, then consider replacing them with new energy efficient windows. You’ll save considerably on your utility costs and feel more comfortable, too.
#2 Install Ceiling Fans
When used correctly, ceiling fans can reduce heating costs. Surprisingly, the energy savings from a ceiling fan can be significant. The University of Arkansas found that using a ceiling fan during the winter can reduce heating costs by as much as 30 percent. Choose a ceiling fan that runs both clockwise and counterclockwise. During the winter, you’ll want to run the fan clockwise in the winter to distribute the warm air upward.
#3 Take Advantage Of The Sun
Harness the power of the sun to help heat your home during the winter. Passive solar energy can offset your heating costs significantly. Even on cloudy days, you can use the sun to heat your home.
If you are lucky enough to have large picture windows or glass patio doors in your home, just open the blinds or curtains during the day to let the sun inside. This will help to heat your home naturally.