Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7 Winter Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

Temperatures are now starting to get cooler and winter is quickly approaching. Along with winter comes an increase in utility bills and a struggle to keep them as low as possible without freezing. In today's blog, Above & Beyond offers a few energy efficiency tips to help you keep your home warm and your electric bill low this winter.

1. Dress Warm. 


One of the simplest ways to save money on your electric bill is to just turn down the heat. Rather than walking around the house in shorts and a tank top, find a nice warm pair of sweat pants and a sweatshirt. Keep blankets on the couch and you can even add an area rug for extra insulation on the floor. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60°-70° range, you can save up to 5% on energy costs.

2. Let the Sunshine In. 


When the sun is shining, you can take advantage of free heat! Open the curtains on your south-facing windows to allow the rays to come in and heat your home. Now we're not saying you can turn your heat completely off and rely on the sun, but you can lower your thermostat a few degrees and let the sun compensate for that. When the sun goes down, be sure to close your curtains to help keep the heat inside!

3. Adjust the Thermostat. 


Another easy way to decrease your electricity usage is to adjust the thermostat with your schedule. Turn the heat down while you're away at work and turn it back up when you get home. There's no sense in having it running all the time while no one is there. While you don't want to turn it completely off, because it will take longer and make your unit work harder to get the temperature back up when you get home, you can turn it down a few notches before leaving the house. Many of the newer thermostats are programmable so you can set the times and not have to remember to change it each day.

4. Maintain Your HVAC. 


Having a proper working HVAC system is key to energy efficiency. Be sure to replace or clean your filters as recommended. Dirty filters will restrict airflow and cause your unit to work harder, which in turn increases energy usage. Consider having your HVAC checked out by a professional before the temperatures drop anymore so you can be sure you'll stay warm this winter. In addition, you also want to make sure your vents are unblocked so they're not restricting airflow and causing your HVAC to work harder.

5. Seal Leaks and Drafts. 


One of the main causes of heat loss is the presence of leaks and drafts. By simply adding caulking or weather stripping around your windows and doors, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors, you can save up to 20% on electricity costs.

6. Invest in Proper Insulation. 


Is your home properly insulated? Hundreds of dollars in heating costs are lost each year due to escaping heat in homes that aren't insulated properly. By investing in insulation now, you'll be able to save money on energy costs for years to come. Consider having a professional come out and take a look at your insulation to see if it's adequate to keep the heat inside your home this winter.

7. Have Your Roof Inspected. 


If your home is in need of roof repairs, heat from inside could easily be escaping through your roof. Not only does this cause an increase in your electric bill, but it can also cause minor roofing issues to turn into major roofing problems. Heat escaping through the roof can lead to ice dams and other water damage risks. Schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we've got all your roofing needs covered! From roof repairs and complete re-roofs to gutters and siding, we're here to make sure your roof and home are in the condition needed to keep the elements out and yourself, as well as your personal belongings, safe inside. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule a free inspection or get a free roofing estimate at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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