As many of us spend time in our homes during winter, we also understand that keeping warm means using more energy. Unfortunately, that can cost money – especially if you live in an older home. However, the information in this guide will give you plenty of tips on saving energy, which will also help you save money.
People have an especially difficult time in the winter if they live in an older home. These houses are not as energy efficient as recently-built homes. Therefore, the cost to heat them is higher. Fortunately, there are modern ways to heat your classic home that will also reduce the cost.
One such way is to use energy-efficient light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (a.k.a. CFLs), or halogen incandescent bulbs, use at least 25 percent less energy, and they last much longer. Replacing these lights can save you $75 on your electric bill. So, changing the bulb in your reading lamp may just be the thing that helps you save money.
Insulating your attic is another huge step in helping energy costs. Your attic can be a big culprit in losing energy if your attic isn’t properly insulated. You may be warm, and toasty in the house, but the heat rises. Therefore, bad insulation will allow the heat to escape, which just wastes the energy that you use to heat the house. Insulating the attic will keep the heat inside, which will keep your energy costs down.
Windows and Pipes
But, no matter how old your house is, you also need to check on your windows. Make sure there are no leaks. You can easily check by putting your hand by the window. If the heat is on, and the window is shut, you shouldn’t feel a draft. If you do, you probably have a leak somewhere. Using clear plastic film, or plastic sheets, can help solve the problem.
You should also check for leaks around your pipes. These often go unnoticed, and can cause your energy bill to climb. Conquer the problem by using weather stripping or caulk to seal the leak. You can also use this method around windows and doors.
Why would you constantly adjust the temperature when you can program your thermostat? Using a programmable thermostat can help you save almost $200 on your energy bill over the year. While some may be more expensive than others to buy, the money you save will pay for the difference in no time. You will also enjoy more time for yourself since you won’t have to guess the temperature.
Speaking of buying equipment, you may want to replace some of your old appliances – especially your refrigerator – if it is more than 10 years old. Time causes wear and tear on these just like any other product. So, it is advisable to replace it with one that has earned the EnergyStar. Doing so will help you save 10 to 15 percent on energy, and water, costs. Of course, your bank account will thank you later.
Another option doesn’t even require buying anything because it involves nature. Opening the window that faces the sun will allow you to heat your house naturally. You don’t need to buy any solar panels, either. Just open the shade, and let the sun shine through the window. Doing so will allow you to heat your home naturally. You’ll save money by not needing any extra devices, and it will also cut your energy costs.
Using energy to heat your home during the winter can cost you a pretty penny. However, with the help of these tips, you will be able to enjoy modern conveniences in your classic home. In doing so, you will save several dollars that you didn’t have before to enjoy for the rest of your winter.