With rising energy costs and inflation rising to the highest levels in decades, Minnesotan's are looking for ways to save energy this winter. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to conserve energy and reduce energy loss in your home. Here are five simple steps to reduce your heating bill and save energy this winter.
1. Keep your furnace maintained - Annual heating system maintenance is essential for ensuring that your furnce or boiler is operating at peak efficiency. A dirty, unmaintained system will not only cost you money on your heating bill, it will eventually lead to repair bills and early replacement. Call today to schedule your furnace tune-up or boiler tune-up.
2. Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace - By checking the Energy Star® ratings on different furnace models you can estimate how most you are likely to save annually on your heating bill.
3. Replace your furnace filter regularly - This is simple maintenance that you can do yourself. Replacing your furnace filter when it's dirty will allow your furnace to operate more efficiently. Follow the filter manufacturer's replacement schedule, or replace it once a month of there are indoor air quality concerns. Keep a supply of extra filters near the furnace so you always have a replacement fitler on hand.
3. Buy a smart thermostat - While that old programmable thermostat can do a good job of keeping the heat on only when it's needed, the reality is most homeowners never program their thermostat correctly to realize significant energy savings.
By learning your household routine a smart thermostat can sense when a room is occupied and adjust the temperature all on its own. By using the app that comes with your smart device, you'll be able to make adjustments to your home's heating and cooling system, even when you're away from home.
Smart thermostats are easy to install, just be sure you follow the user's guide so it's installed in the optimal location in your home.
4. Use space heaters - If you spend most of your time in your home office, it makes sense to lower the thermostat for your heating system for the rest of your home. Just remember that space heaters should only be used when you are home.
5. Insulate and Weatherstrip - None of the tips above will do much good if your home is leaking warm air. Ensure that your attic has sufficient insulation and seal air leaks around windows and doors. Want to know how much heat is escaping from your home? Buy an inxpensive thermal imaging device for your smart phone, you may be surprised at what you see!
Bonus Tip: Let the sun in - On sunny days, remember to open your blinds to allow the natural warmth of the sun to heat your home. Close them again at night to keep heat in.