Ways to Save Money on Your Home Energy
Every year at our house we tend to get a little crazy when the weather turns. Our home has old windows that are very drafty and don’t keep the chill out very well. We’ve had two energy audits since moving here and have done hours of research to make sure we are doing everything we should be doing to save both energy and money during the cold months. Every little thing adds up and it’s pretty rewarding when you start to see your energy bill decreases.
Did you know that National Grid sends out a monthly chart showing you how your home’s energy consumption compares to your neighbors? It’s a really great way to keep track of how well we are saving and whether we need to step it up or not. You should check with your heating supplier to see if they offer something like that as this is one of the best ways to save money and track your energy consumption each month.
15 Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Home this Winter
- Close and lock all the windows.
- Plug windows with insulation putty (We have 19 windows and use 3 boxes which cost less than $4/box. This putty-like caulking is removable and can help seal large cracks and save you up to 5 percent on your energy bill.)
- Insulate electrical outlets (This is fairly time-consuming but makes a HUGE difference)
- Put plastic on drafty windows (We have to do this on one drafty double window. It was repaired twice and still there is a spot where we can see clear to the outside!)
- Use draft-dodgers on doors.
- Install a more efficient thermostat, like The Nest.
- Add a covering over the attic stairs to keep heat from escaping.
- Install energy-efficient blinds and curtains. We use both to maximize heat-loss.
- Make sure to open the window coverings when the sun is out and warm and close them as soon as the sun goes down.
- Use wood stove/fireplace for heating a communal area and turn down the thermostat during this time.
- Turn off the outdoor water spigots so they don’t freeze.
- Get an energy audit and replace insulation in the attic, if needed.
- Mow your leaves instead of raking them when they are dry, so they will decompose and nourish your lawn over the winter.
- Change filter in furnace.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air which will feel warmer and allow you to keep the thermostat low.
I hope you found some new ways to save money this winter! If you have any more tips to suggest, please add them in the comments section!