As Daylight Savings comes and goes each year we do our best to squeeze out some extra hours of daylight and stay more productive. What do you do during the days of the year with shorter daylight? When there’s less light we use more artificial light (light bulbs) at home, at the office, on roadways, everywhere. That’s a big change in power and energy use.
Here are a few tips to help you save money on unnecessary energy use, as well as tips that will help you do your part on conserving natural resources.
Keep your heater clean, filter fresh, and ignitors build-up free. When your heater is working at peak efficiency, it will utilize less energy and cost less to work. Most furnace filters require changing every 1 – 3 months, depending on the filter and furnace style. Dirty filters diminish air flow and force furnaces to run longer (use more energy).
Adjust your thermostat by a few degrees. A small change is usually manageable in comfort, but can make a big difference in savings over the months. Make sure to set your thermostat accordingly when you’re not home, are going on extended leave, or are simply sleeping.
As much as 2% can be saved on utility costs in a year by adjusting your thermostat a few degrees. Based on average heating and cooling costs, you could save $50 – $100 a year.
Windows, door frames, sills and joints
Apply a sealant or caulk around windows, ledges, door jambs, and joints. On a windy day, feel for leaks or utilize a few incense sticks to help recognize leaks by watching the flow of the incense smoke around windows, vents, and entryways.
Switch to “cool” or “cold” settings while doing your laundry. The majority of energy used to wash your laundry is utilized to heat the water. By turning the dial to cool on your washing machine, you help the Earth, save energy, and save on energy bills.
Check back regularly for more energy saving tips. What other tips do you have to offer fellow homeowners?