7 Simple Winter Energy Savings Tips

Winter is here and there are a number of simple energy saving actions people can take. They can begin by having an energy audit done to identify inefficiencies.

  1. Replacing old electronic home and office products with Energy Star rated products can lower energy bills and save money.
  1. You can also save tens of gallons of water by filling the sink with soapy water and turning off the tap while washing dishes. Scraping and rinsing dirty dishes before putting them in the dishwasher also helps.
  1. To reduce your natural gas and propane costs this winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees. Every degree under 70 you lower your heat save as much as 5 percent on the cost of heating your home. At night and when leaving your home for extended periods setting your thermostat to 55 can reduce your heating costs between 5 and 20 percent.
  1. Another simple, inexpensive energy saving move is cleaning or replacing furnace filters. Dirty filters block airflow and increase the furnace’s energy consumption. Having your furnace cleaned, properly adjusted and lubricated can reduce energy use and save as much as 5% on heating costs. Installing ENERGY STAR® furnaces and water heaters to replace old gas models also improves energy efficiency.
  1. Reducing the hot water temperature on your dishwasher to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or to the normal setting can save 7 to 11 percent on water heating costs.
  2. Sealing leaks around doors and windows, pipes, vents, electrical conduits and other places that have holes in the walls, floors and ceilings can also improve energy efficiency in homes or offices. Filling gaps under bathroom and kitchen sinks and around pipes inside closets can also help eliminate waste and reduce energy costs.
  3. Shut the fireplace dampers and block it with rigid insulation when it’s not in use. That can save almost 10% of heated air from escaping up the chimney.
  4. Turn off lights in unused rooms and make sure bathroom and kitchen ventilating fans are off when not in use. Shortening showers by 50% provides a 33% saving on water heating costs. Running washing machines and dishwashers only when full also saves money and energy. Using only cold water to wash clothes reduces the energy it uses by 75%.

According to consumerenergycenter.org and 3.epa.gov/epahome/hi-winter, using the information from an energy audit can help eliminate energy inefficiencies in homes or businesses.

Anyone interested in saving money on home energy bills should consider scheduling an energy audit is easy! Call Home Energy Saving Solutions at 301.842.8818 or contact us here.