Many American households rely on electricity and natural gas. But with costs rising across the country, people have begun searching for ways to cut back. However, with winter around the corner, saving energy without sacrificing your safety and comfort can be a challenge.
That’s why, in celebration of Energy Savings Week, we wanted to share a few simple ways to make your home more efficient. Energy Savings Week is a worldwide campaign created to help conserve electricity and lower household fuel costs. By doing our part, we can help ease the energy crisis and cut our utility bills at little to no cost. Follow these tips to stay warm and save!
Heating a room is more expensive than heating your body, let alone an entire house. So instead of cranking up the thermostat, throw on a sweater or cuddle up under a blanket. The more layers you wear, the more comfortable you’ll be.
Keep Your Curtains Open
Why run your furnace when the sun will heat your home for free? Soak up as much as you can by pulling back your curtains and raising the blinds during the day.
Close Doors & Vents
Heating empty rooms is a waste of energy. Close vents in rooms you’re not using and shut doors behind you, to prevent heat from dispersing through the rest of the house.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans don’t just keep you cool during summer; they can also help keep you warm in winter. Because heat rises, a lot of it gets trapped along the ceiling. Reverse the direction of your fan, so it blows warm air down toward you and distributes heat more effectively.
Clear Your Vents
Blocked vents prevent heat from circulating through your home. Often, homeowners block them inadvertently with sofas, dressers, drapes, beds, or bookshelves. A vent deflector or vent extender can help if moving furniture isn’t an option. In other cases, a layer of dust builds up over time and needs to be cleared away before warm air can flow properly.
Close the Fireplace Damper
Leaving the damper open in your chimney is as bad as leaving the window open in your living room. It lets warm air out and cold air in. Unless you have a fire going, make sure the damper is cinched up tight at all times.
Leave Your Oven Door Open
Cooking generates a lot of heat. Why let it go to waste? After you’re done, leave the oven door open a crack and let the warm air seep out into your kitchen.
Seal Windows & Doors
Poorly sealed doors and windows can raise your energy costs as much as 25-30 percent. The easiest way to determine whether your window’s leaking air is to hold your hand up to the frame. If you feel a draft, there’s probably a gap you need to seal. Plugging it with caulk is the simplest and most effective solution.
Poorly sealed doors are an even bigger problem. Besides sneaking in through cracks in the frame, cold air can also seep in under the door. So, in addition to sealing the door frame, be sure to add some weatherstripping to the bottom of the door as well. Like caulk, it’s a cheap and effective solution.
Reset Your Water Heater
Your water heater consumes as much, if not more, energy than your furnace. Most water heaters are set to 140°F, but lowering it to 120°F saves a considerable amount of energy without any noticeable effects. Showers feel just as warm. Clothes and dishes are as clean, but at a significantly lower cost.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
Lowering the temperature on your thermostat, even a few degrees, has a huge impact on your energy bill. The US Department of Energy recommends keeping it at 68°F during the day and 65°F at night, though if you can lower it by 7-10 degrees for at least eight hours (during work or school, for instance), you’ll see even greater savings.
Purchasing a smart thermostat can help immensely in this regard. It automates your heating schedule. You can program it to lower temperatures at night or while you’re out of the house. It can even be adjusted remotely, through your smartphone.
Saving Money With Agway
Agway’s decentralized energy grid delivers electricity and natural gas at the lowest available market price. But we don’t just power your home; we protect it. Every Agway customer is automatically enrolled in our EnergyGuardTM program, which protects their essential systems from sudden and expensive breakdowns.
When something goes wrong with their furnace, Agway customers don’t waste time shivering, waiting for the repairman to arrive. They call us instead. We schedule the repair and handle the costs of parts and labor. There are no service fees, deductibles, or out-of-pocket expenses on covered items. Click to learn more and start saving!