How to Reduce Winter Energy Bills in North Carolina
While it’s nice living in an area with the four seasons, the Triad certainly sees its fair share of cold, windy, and snowy days over winter, making a well-heated home a priority. To combat the cold weather and keep a cozy home, thermostats go up, and unfortunately, so do heating costs! While growing utility bills might seem like an inescapable winter expense, there are some easy things you can do around your house to make sure your bills aren’t sky-high. Here are a few tips to help reduce your energy bills in the winter!
Pile on the Layers
Soft blankets, fuzzy socks, and cozy sweaters are the perfect way to keep warm in the winter, both outside and inside. Save on energy costs by turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees and pile on the layers. It’s easy to compensate for cooler temps by throwing on another layer, and it is a far cheaper option compared to increasing the heat to every room in your home. Every degree you decrease your thermostat in the 60-70 range can save you 5% on heating costs, so even small changes to your temperature settings can help rack up some serious savings over time!
Turn Down the Heat at Night
Did you know you can save up to 10% a year by turning down the thermostat 10-15 degrees for just 8 hours a day? Flannel sheets and thick comforters are a great way to stay warm and cozy during these hours--just make sure to set your thermostat to come back on before you wake up so that your room will be nice and warm when it’s time to get up and start your day.
Take Advantage of the Sun
Opening the curtains on south-facing windows during the day is a good way to take advantage of the sun’s free warmth even on chilly days. You can also trap this heat inside your house once the sun goes down by making sure to close the curtains overnight, giving you a little extra warmth around the clock.
Only Heat the Spaces You Use
Seal off vents in rooms you don’t use on a daily basis to help redirect warm air to more lived in spaces like kitchens and living rooms. Space heaters can also help warm up a room without disbursing extra heat to empty rooms, keeping your most lived in spaces most warm and cozy.
Seal up Your House
Weather stripping doors, caulking cracks, and installing weatherproof seals to windows are all budget-friendly ways to keep cold air out of your house without having to make too much of a change to your lifestyle! While this route does require a little time and effort, keeping drafts out of your house can make a big difference in making the energy you do pay for go farther.
Replace the Insulation in Your Home
One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting the most of your energy use is to make sure the heat you are paying for is sticking around long enough for you to feel it. Many older homes that were built decades ago don’t have the best insulation as newer homes do because of progressively stricter energy codes these days. When your home isn’t properly insulated, your energy bills can skyrocket in the summer and winter when both hot and cool air escape. So, oftentimes, older homes have higher energy bills. Here are some signs your home is under-insulated:
- Different rooms in your home have different temperatures
- Increases in your energy bills throughout the years
- Drywall and paneling within your home that feels damp or cold
- Water, dampness, or mold in your attic
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Keeping your house warm in the winter without breaking the bank can be a daunting task, but investing your time and money now to implement these few simple solutions can go a long way in saving you money in the long run. The team at Terminix Triad are not only experts in all things pest control, but we’re also experts at home insulation in the Triad. We’d love to help you maximize your energy savings and make your home a safer environment with the right insulation!