Winter is coming! Right now is the perfect time to make some changes around your home to ensure it stays cozy all season long and saves you money! How about that?
Here are 4 great ways to winterize your home and save money doing it.
Switch to Energy-efficient Lighting:
In winter less sunlight means more artificial light is needed. Unfortunately, having more lights on can have an impact on your energy bill. Enjoy the same amount of light and use less energy by switching to energy efficient light bulbs—it’s one of the fastest ways to cut down on your bill.
Instead of traditional light bulbs, opt for halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Adding recessed lighting to your home is a stylish way to update, and brighten up your space that works perfectly with halogen incandescent bulbs.
Maintain Your Heating System:
Heating systems, including furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps, require periodic maintenance. Be sure to replace your filters once a month or as needed. For wood heaters, clear the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush—this will ensure your home is heated efficiently.
Lower Your Water Heating Costs:
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting, 120°F. This way you’ll not only save energy but also avoid scalding your hands. Water heating contributes to about 18% of your total energy consumption. Reducing your hot water usage, and employing some smart energy-saving strategies, can have a noticeable effect on your bill.
Lower Your Holiday Lighting Costs:
If you decorate your home for the holidays, you probably notice a higher electricity bill. Use LED light strings to reduce the long-term cost of decorating. These use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights. Switching to LED lighting comes with several additional benefits, such as low heat emission, reduced fire hazard, brighter output, and more!
Getting your home ready for winter now will save you time, stress, and money. Our Team at JDP Electric can help you to find and address electrical issues ahead of the cold weather. Visit our website or give us a call at (701) 232-1991 to get started.