Midwest winters aren’t known for moderate temperatures or predictable weather. For many Indiana homeowners, it can be a struggle to find cost-effective ways to save energy and stay warm during this time of year.
But being energy conscious doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank or suffering through the cold. We’ve provided six energy-saving tips that are easy, inexpensive, and effective for any home.
1. Adjust your thermostat.
Turning the heat down in your home for a few hours each day is one of the simplest ways to save energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by decreasing the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bill. And, you can do this when you won’t be home anyway! Try adjusting your thermostat when you head off to work in the morning and turning the heat back up when you return.
2. Bundle up.
Another way to stay warm this winter is to dress in layers. Instead of cranking up the heat to reach a comfortable temperature, put on your favorite sweater and socks. Adding an area rug for insulation and keeping throw blankets handy will also make your home feel warm and cozy. To stay warm at night, try covering your bed with a heavy comforter and flannel sheets.
3. Clean and unblock your furnace.
A clean, unblocked furnace will better circulate the air around your home without pumping in any allergens that were previously trapped in the blocked ducts. It’s important to check your furnace each month and replace the filter when it becomes dirty so you can keep your home nice and toasty in the winter. Yearly tune-ups from a professional can also help you maintain your furnace and save money on your heating bill.
4. Use a humidifier.
With the crisp winter air, the inside of your home will likely begin to feel a little dry and cold. By adding moisture back into the air with a humidifier, the air will begin to feel warmer—even with a lower temperature set on your thermostat. If you don’t have a humidifier, houseplants are another great option to allow moisture in your home.
5. Use your ceiling fan.
If your home has ceiling fans, you have more control over the ventilation than you may think. Houses with efficient airflow can maintain indoor temperatures more effectively. By turning the fan on a slow setting in a clockwise spin, the fan will begin to push down any warm air that’s trapped near the ceiling. And, you can do the opposite in the warmer months!
6. Install insulation.
One of the most cost-effective ways to save energy is to install insulation in your home. Homeowners actually lose thousands of dollars each year from heat escaping through uninsulated walls, doors, and windows. But, trapping heat inside with insulation is a simple, cheap solution that can save you money in the long run. For a quick fix, run to your local hardware store and purchase inexpensive insulation and weather stripping.
When facing another frigid Midwestern winter, it’s natural that you want to find ways to save energy and heat wherever you can. With these six energy-saving tips, you can easily prepare for the cold and stay warm all winter long!
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