The colder months in Texas really pack a punch, and they can make a dent in energy bills too.
While we aren’t strangers to harsh weather and some freezing temperatures, something still has to be done about the amount of money it takes to keep your home warm (which is often higher than the summer months to keep it cool).
What’s more, as more people are indoors and at home during winter, energy use can easily go through the roof.
Add shorter days, long nights, and a slew of holidays to the mix, and it’s easy to see how you could use more energy than other times of the year.
Thankfully, there are a few tips that can help you save some money this winter.
- Weatherproof your doors and windows
One of the easiest and best ways to cut down on your electric bill this winter is by sealing any drafty doors or windows. Your doors and windows are usually places where heat continuously leaks out, which will cause you to use more heat to compensate. The only way to combat that leak is to put weather stripping around them (and don’t forget that door sweeps can also help seal the space between the bottom of your door and the frame.).
- Use a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat can help you save electricity in the winter through programmable options that help you fine-tune your overall use. You can program the thermostat to turn off or stay at a neutral state while you’re sleeping or when you’re away, and when you come back, it can adjust to a warmer temperature.
You can reduce your electric bill in winter without sacrificing comfort.
- Close the Damper When Not in Use
There is nothing better than relaxing in front of a warm fireplace with family, and it can be downright wonderful on a cold day, but valuable heat could escape up the chimney if the damper is not closed after use. You can also save electricity by swapping your fireplace from wood-burning to gas. Installing a glass screen will make the fireplace more energy efficient because it radiates heat from the fire and keeps warm air from being pulled in and pushed out.
- Your Heating System Needs a Check-Up Too
Schedule an annual heating system check-up at the early part of winter to get on top of the winter weather to ensure that everything is working properly and running efficiently. A check-up can find problems early and save you money.
- Set your thermostat at 68°F or lower – every degree of extra heat will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
- Dress warm.
- Use more blankets at night.
- Set ceiling fans on reverse to re-circulate the heat that builds up near the ceiling.
- Cover windows on winter nights with insulated curtains.
- Open interior blinds, drapes, or shades during the day to let the sun warm your home during cooler months.
- Don’t block air vents
Let us help you get through the winter a bit warmer and with more money in your pocket. We’re just a call away.