We have some tips for saving energy this winter, which will also save you money! It’s good for your wallet and great for the environment. Winter on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine can be brutal, so it’s important to do as much preparation as you can to keep your heat where it’s supposed to be – inside your home.
- Adjusting your thermostat down by two degrees in winter can save as much 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
- Because the natural flow of air is from warmer to cooler areas, adding weather stripping or caulking around drafty windows and doors helps reduce energy consumption, while saving you money on heating costs.
- Attics and basements are the biggest source of heat leaks. Use foam to seal small cracks and add insulation to attics to prevent heat loss.
- Water heaters are the second largest energy users in the home because they cycle on and off, constantly reheating water to the temperature that’s been set. Lowering the set temperature by just a few degrees likely will not make any noticeable difference when taking showers, but can reduce energy use substantially over time.
- Most ceiling fans have a reverse switch that will turn the fan blades clockwise, producing an updraft. This will move the warm air that rises to the ceiling down into the rest of the room.
- When decorating for the holidays, choose energy-efficient LED lights. Not only do they use 75% less energy, but LEDs are more durable and last much longer than traditional incandescent lights.
These small changes can make a big difference in your energy bills this winter!