8 Home Energy Saving Tips to Prepare for Cold Weather Ahead
by Greg Leisgang on September 17, 2013
Posted in: Energy Savings
Now that summer's coming to a close and fall is fast approaching, it's a good idea to prepare for the cold weather ahead. Here are eight home energy saving tips that can help ensure that your Cincinnati home is comfortable and energy efficient in the months to come.
Home Energy Saving Tips
- Use ceiling fans on low speed and in a clockwise direction to help air circulate in occupied rooms. The use of ceiling fans can take some of the burden off of your heating and cooling systems.
- Reduce your preheating time when baking in the kitchen. This can help reduce the amount of energy that is used during baking.
- Keep houseplants in various places around the house to add humidity to rooms. More humid air can help you feel warmer during the winter, which allows you to turn down the thermostat and reduce the strain on your heating system.
- Don't set the water heater temperature too high. The factory setting is typically 140 degrees, but turning in down to 120 degrees can still provide you with sufficient hot water while simultaneously saving energy.
- Seal air leaks around windows, doors, electrical outlets and other areas leading outside to help reduce the transfer of cold air. This will allow your heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently, improving the comfort of your Cincinnati home and reducing energy costs.
- When you need to replace an appliance or a piece of heating and cooling equipment, go with Energy Star-certified models. Seeing that logo assures homeowners that the equipment is energy efficient without sacrificing function or advanced features.
- If you have a leaky faucet or toilet, have it fixed right away. Leaks can waste significant amounts of water and run up utility bills.
- Use window treatments to help regulate temperatures inside the home. Lined drapes help keep the cold out in winter and protect against radiant heat in the summer months. This saves you energy on heating and cooling.
For more home energy saving tips from experts in the field, contact the pros at JonLe Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve the HVAC needs of homeowners throughout the greater Cincinnati area.
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