It’s never too early to prepare your home for winter. Make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat. Follow these tips to help you save money and make sure that you still have money left in your pocket for holiday shopping.
Change furnace filters
Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. It is important to clean or replace your furnace filters every month. Many of us tend to forget about this very important step, so be sure to mark a monthly check on your calendar. You can also use a permanent furnace filter to keep your air clean without the hassle.
Caulk any gaps
You want to make sure that your windows and doors are airtight during the winter. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting money and your home won’t be as warm and comfortable.
Windows are one of the major ways heat leaks out of your house. About 30% of your home’s heat escapes through holes or cracks around the windows and door. Make sure you repair or caulk those gaps.
Dodge the draft
Warm air is rushes out of your door while cold air is rushes in. The draft snake is one of the easiest ways to cut back on energy waste. It is actually very easy to create one yourself. You can use scrap fabrics and fill it with kitty litter or sand for heft. You can also use a rolled bath towel and place it under a drafty door.
Lower water heater temperature
Most manufacturers set water heaters at 140˚ F. But the truth is, we don’t really need that much steam. Add to that, it also poses a safety hazard – scalding. Lowering the water heater temperature to 120˚ F can help you save money; while still allowing you to enjoy a relaxing shower.