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Once the temperatures outside go down, my home energy bills start to go up. I want to beat those skyrocketing heating costs back down as far as possible. There are several easy ways to prepare homes for winter weather so they use less energy during the colder months. It’s never to early or too late to start winterizing your home. You’ll love to save money on energy bills – I know I do!
Winterizing Your Home | 5 Ways To Save on Energy Bills
1. Change your home’s air filter.
Keep your home’s heating system running as efficiently as possible by changing dirty air filters. Filtrete air filters are a healthy choice for homes because they capture allergens and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses from passing through the filter. Filtrete Filters also help maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which helps prevent stress on the system and reduces the amount of energy needed to reach desired indoor air temperatures. You can actually SEE how well Filtrete works when you change it after a few months of use.
My husband recently changed out our air filters and I was amazed/totally disgusted at the amount of dust and dirt clinging to our used Filtrete Odor Reduction air filter. I am SO HAPPY that none of that stuff made it into the air at my house. Of all the Filtrete filters I have had the chance to use this past year, this one is my favorite. You can see why I trust my home to Filtrete.
We most recently installed the Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction air filter (MPR 1900). This filter specializes in attracting and capturing microscopic allergens like pet dander, smoke, household dust and microscopic particles that can carry bacteria and viruses.
2. Check for drafts so you can seal off any leaks.
Drafty homes are harder to keep heated. Go around your home, checking for drafts so you can seal them off. Common places for air leaks/drafts are around windowsills and doorways to the outside.
Cheap, quick fixes: Add weather stripping or caulk to stop leaks wherever possible and keep a rolled up towel under drafty doors. Add a roll-on window insulation film to keep warm air in and cold air out. The expensive fix: Replace old windows and doors with energy efficient ones.
3. Turn down your water heater.
Check the temperature on your water heater. Installers usually set them at 140 degrees F, but most households don’t need water to be kept at such scalding temps. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) can reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%. You’ll enjoy hot water and save on energy costs.
4. Switch to a programmable thermostat. Or, upgrade to a Smart Thermostat.
I have seen firsthand just how much money my family saves with a programmable thermostat and a smart thermostat. Did you know: For every degree you lower the thermostat during the winter months, you can save up to 3% off your heating bill.
A programmable thermostat makes it easy to set your home’s heater to your schedule so you aren’t paying for heat when no one is home. The average family will save $180 a year with a programmable thermostat. A Smart Thermostat such as the one we have learns your schedule and automatically programs itself. It can also be controlled from your mobile device and saves up to 20% on energy bills.
5. Insulate water pipes.
Adding a layer of protective insulation to your water pipes saves energy and helps prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. You can find pre-slit pipe insulation at the hardware store that makes it simple to wrap your water pipes.
How do you prepare your home for cold winter months? Did you remember to change your home air filter? What is your favorite Filtrete filter option?
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