So, the weather outside is frightful, but your water and energy bills do not have to be! There are plenty of ways you can save on energy and water during the winter months, and the professionals at Bardi Heating & Air are here to share some of these energy saving tips for winter tips with you.
Ways to Save Energy
On average, the heating bills for a typical American household account for a whopping 29% of annual utility costs. Water heating bills account for an additional 13% of the annual utility costs. With those numbers in mind, here are some energy saving tips for winter to help you beat the statistics and save on your energy usage.
1. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
With a programmable thermostat, you can set your heating system to automatically allow the temperature to drop during the daytime while everyone is out of the house. You can then set the temperature to rise later in the afternoon and evening.
2. Eliminate Cold Drafts
Save up to 20% on your heating bill by weather-proofing your home. Seal gaps in windows and doorways with caulk or weather-stripping. Use letterbox brushes and keyhole covers to stop the chill from coming in through outside doors.
3. Insulate Your Attic
Keep heat inside your home by having a professional insulate your attic, as well as cavity walls.
4. Keep Internal Doors Closed
You can use way less energy heating your home by keeping doors within the house closed to trap heat in each room.
5. Switch Your Ceiling Fan’s Blade Rotation
Reverse your fan’s blades to rotate clockwise to help push rising heat back down to you.
6. Modify Your Laundry Habits
Did you know that 90% of a washing machine’s energy is spent heating the water? Wash your clothes at 30-40 degrees and save up to 11% on water heating costs. You can also increase your dryer’s energy efficiency by up to 30% by just keeping it clean.
7. Lower Your Water Heater Setting
Save a significant amount of energy and money by setting your water heater to 120 degrees.
8. Avoid the Overuse of Exhaust Fans
It is too easy to overlook how much we are overusing bathroom fans and oven hoods. These can both be a big source of heat loss in the winter. Use your exhaust fans sparingly and make sure they are turned off when they are not in use.
Ways to Save Water
Although heating accounts for a lot of our energy costs, there are many ways we can also overuse water during the cold winter months. Keep reading to learn how you can save on water during winter.
1. Wrap Your Outdoor Pipes
Prevent pipe bursts and leaks by wrapping your outdoor pipes, such as the ones running to your backyard spigot. As a preventative measure, you can use a pipe sleeve and electrical heating tape to wrap your pipes. If your pipes have already frozen, wrap them with electric heating pads or hot towels to thaw them just enough to allow water to flow through.
2. Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes
Don’t you hate it when you find yourself running your shower for an agonizingly long time on cold winter mornings before the water finally gets hot enough? This happens because your hot water pipes are colder. To avoid this problem, have a plumber wrap your pipes in insulation.
3. Schedule an Inspection for Leaks After the First Thaw
Pipes expand and contract when they freeze and thaw overnight and can burst as a result. Avoid high utility costs and water loss from a burst pipe by having a plumber check your pipes for leaks after the first thaw of the winter season.
4. Drip Your Faucets
While this may seem like a counter-productive tip to save water, allowing your faucets to drip overnight or during the day while you are at work can help keep your pipes from freezing, saving you from a much pricier burst or leaking pipe.
*Pro Tip: If you want to go the extra mile in conserving your water, place a bucket in the sink to collect water from your dripping faucet and use that extra water to water your plants or even flush your toilets.
We hope these energy saving tips for winter lower your utility bills this year.
Now that you have learned about some everyday measures you can take to save on energy and water during the winter months, you are ready to consider the next steps to make your home more energy efficient year-round. To find the solutions that best suit your needs, contact the experts at Bardi Heating & Air and allow us to help you get the most out of your energy at a lower cost to you.