Saving energy during winter can be tough. With the temperature dropping and the sunlight disappearing in favor of cloudy, overcast weather, making the most of the season without increasing your energy consumption can be tough.
Luckily, it’s easily possible to reduce your energy consumption during winter with no negative effects, all by making a few small adjustments to your lifestyle, routine and behavior.
From adjusting your thermostat to changing your hot water temperature, read on to discover five simple ways to reduce your energy consumption and enjoy lower bills and a smaller environmental impact this winter.
Replace your heater with an Energy Star system
Does your home’s heating system have an Energy Star logo? Energy Star is a seal of approval that indicates your home’s electrical equipment is designed and built for optimum energy efficiency.
Replacing your existing heater, air conditioner or other appliances with new Energy Star models is a great way to reduce the amount of electricity needed to heat, cool or humidify your home.
Turn down your home’s thermostat
Did you know that making some small adjustments to your thermostat could save you hundreds of dollars this winter? Instead of turning up the heat, turn down the thermostat to reduce your energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.
Set your thermostat to 68° and make it a policy not to touch it during the daytime, even if your home feels a little cool. A good coat and an extra blanket at nighttime will make up for the lower temperature while lowering your energy consumption.
Improve your home’s insulation
Feeling cold? Low quality insulation can significantly reduce your home’s ambient temperature during winter, as heat escapes and cool air from outside makes its way inside through your exterior walls.
Investing in high quality insulation is a significant expense, but it produces serious savings over the long term. Combined with the right daylighting, good insulation is an excellent tool for lowering your home’s long-term energy costs.
Open the curtains every morning
While nighttime temperatures can seriously decline during winter, daytime weather often remains relatively warm. Make the most of the sunshine by opening the blinds or curtains early in the morning and letting sunshine into your home.
As well as warming up your home, sunshine kills bacteria and prevents your living environment from becoming dusty or unclean. Even 30 minutes of sunshine has an incredible effect on your living space – one that makes it far more comfortable.
Switch off lights in unused rooms
Do you have a habit of leaving the lights on in the hallway or bedroom, even when you’re not there? Make it a habit to switch off the lights as soon as you’re finished spending time in a room and you’ll lower your energy consumption.
Small habits like this, as well as unplugging electrical devices that aren’t in use, are great ways to lower your energy bill by 5-10% each month. Each change is tiny, but over time they produce a compound effect and help you save money and energy.