6 Energy Saving Tips For Winter
Nashville winters might not be the worst, but to you and your electricity bill they are. As an intentional development company, we encourage you to save as much energy as possible, so we’re here to give you some tips to save you money while catering to the earth!
Tip #1: Upgrade Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can automatically turn down the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, and can cut your heating bill by 10% or more. Programmable thermostats are now cheaper than ever, with models starting under $25.
And if you’re ready for the next level, be sure to check out the smart models, like the Nest Learning Thermostat. Granted, it has a steep price of $249, but you’ll save up to 12% on your heating and 15% on your cooling bills.
Tip #2: Clean Heat.
Cleaning your furnace filter and air filters every other month can increase its efficiency by 50%.
Clean with the head of a vacuum cleaner, a hose, or replace.
Switch to eco-friendly bulbs—light emitting diode [LED] or compact fluorescent light [CFL]—which are available both for indoors and outdoors.
Tip #4: Add Humidity
The air inside your home can become very dry during the cold seasons. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. This humidifier is a cap that turns any water bottle into a water filter- for $34!
You can also increase the humidity in your apartment with a collection of house plants. Read more about how plants can help you save energy through every season. There’s a strong case for keeping plants to save energy.
Tip #5: Changing Temperature on Water Heater
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn the temperature of your water heater down to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.
Tip #6: Save a Lamp, Use a Candle
Use candles in some places instead of lamps for a different ambience at your gathering, and to save energy. If you like to be the host, impress your guests with fire glass fire-pits or fireplaces. Fire glass is made out of glass crystals that don’t emit any toxins. Fire glass doesn’t burn, and it is more heat-efficient than wood, it doesn’t produce any ash or smoke, it is fragrance-free, and it looks incredible. Fire glass can be installed in your gas fireplace or fire pit to preserve the heat.
Bonus Tip: Leave Your Oven Open After Turning it OFF From Baking
Attempting to heat your house with your oven is not cost-efficient, and if you have a gas oven, you risk carbon-monoxide poisoning, so let’s make sure you turn it OFF before attempting this. To be clear, if your oven is turned off, it is not hazardous to your health, just don’t burn yourself.
The heat coming out of your oven post-bake will most likely rise to the ceiling. To prevent losing that free heat, reverse your ceiling fan in your kitchen to circulate your house with heat.
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