Winter brings cold temperatures, rain, snowy weather…all of which can result in higher than average energy usage. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Whether you’re looking to conserve energy in an effort to be more eco-friendly or just looking to save some money on your utility bill, here are a few simple energy saving tips you need to know about this winter season.

Use your ceiling fans (yes, even in the winter).

Yes, you read that right. Ceiling fans aren’t just for use in the warmer months. Every ceiling fan has a winter setting. Ensure your ceiling fan is blowing clockwise and it’ll help keep the warm air that’s risen circulating throughout the room.

Heat rooms you use, not the ones you don’t.

Why heat that guest room when you’re not having guests? Or that bathroom on the second floor nobody uses? Close air vents in rooms you don’t use to make the most of your heat. Or opt to bump down the thermostat and use a high-efficiency space heater in the room or two you do use.

Light a fire.

A fireplace is a great way to heat up a room without using much energy. In fact, a natural gas fireplace can heat a room up to 1,000 square feet. Just ensure you’re in the room your fireplace is in when it’s in use so you don’t waste energy and you can enjoy the cozy ambiance it provides.

Weatherproof your windows and doors.

About 30% of your home’s heat escapes through inefficient windows and doors. Upgrading to energy-efficient windows will pay for themselves in the money they save you in energy costs. Optimize any older windows and doors by ensuring all seals are intact and efficient at keeping cold temperatures at bay.

Let the sunshine in.

Winter’s not always gray and gloomy. On sunny days, open curtains and blinds to let the sun in. Not only will it help brighten up your space making it feel warmer, but the heat from the sun can heat your home naturally without using any energy.

All of these simple winter energy saving tips will help keep your home warm and your energy costs down.