Use a programmable thermostat
If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable thermostat you should do so. The benefit of a programmable thermostat, is that, it will automatically lower the heat when you’re asleep or away. This will save you money, on your monthly, utility bills during the winter.
Set thermostat temperature to ideal temp for winter
Dropping the thermostat to 68 degrees, from the normal 72 or 75 degrees, will save, between 5-20% on your utility bills during winter.
Replace your furnace filter
This winter energy saving tip, is one of the easiest and most effective, home maintenance tasks you can do. Change your air filter every 1 to 3 months depending on usage. A dirty and clogged filter is the #1 reasons for a furnace or heat pumps inefficiently functioning or shutoff.
Caulk windows and put weather stripping around the doors
Check your home for any potential cracks or leaks that may be letting hot air escape from your home. Caulk and foam is available at your local home improvement stores. Fill gaps around doors and windows that could be letting cold air rush inside.
Lower your hot water heater
Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees so it doesn’t have to work as hard over the winter months. Also take care to have proper insulation around your heater so it’s not pulling double duty. A smart water heater can help you automate this process.
Open the curtains during the day
Let natural sunlight help heat your home. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside. This tip for saving energy this winter is perfect for a bipolar weather, city like, Oklahoma City.
Keep your vents clear
Make sure your vents in your home are not blocked by rugs or furniture. When your vents are free of obstructions, it allows the warm air to circulate freely throught the house which will put less of a strain on your furnace.
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