With winter just around the corner, temperatures are about to drop while the cost of energy goes up. Sitting at home under the heat may be an appealing prospect to some, but paying those winter heating bills are more often than not a pain. You may be wondering just how you can find easy and convenient ways to find energy savings for your home so that you can stay warm during the upcoming colder season without spending a fortune on your heating bills.
Fortunately, there are many small ways you can save costs on energy. For instance, locating and covering up areas in your home that allows drafts in can save you over the long run. Most drafts are in openings to the outside like doors and windows. Placing a towel at the door or using a draft snake can help you eliminate those. You may even choose to cover windows with plastic if you do not have a risk of endangering anyone by doing so.
There are also other tricks you may not have known. Running ceiling fans backwards or clockwise can help circulate warm air. You can also treat windows so that they are more efficient and keep heat in and cold air out. A high-tech low-e film can help you fight against drafts even more while in some cases, replacing older windows or weatherizing them with caulking and stripping may help you use energy in your home more efficiently.
Insulation is always a good way to keep heat in and cold air out in a low-cost way. You can insulate pipes, which not only helps you use less hot water but also helps prevent the pipes from freezing and causing undue damage. Insulation between walls and floors is also a very good way to keep the heat from escaping where you need it. Even shutting off rooms or areas you do not use can help you save on heating costs.
If you can afford upgrades to energy efficient furnaces, water heaters or other devices like thermostats, you can make an investment that will save you over the longer term. You should also consider tax credits you can get for alternative energy sources as well as other eco-friendly measures you take such as HVAC water heaters, energy efficient windows and doors, roofing and insulation. These are only a few ways to create convenient energy savings around your home.