Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Energy Saving Tips for Winter from Amigo Energy:
  1. Save up to 10% on your heating bill by programming your thermostat to a lower temperature at night and after you leave for work. 68°F is recommended to maintain a comfortable temperature and be able to save on your electricity usage.
  2. Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90% of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, the average household can save $30-$40 annually by switching to cold water.
  3. Insulate your water heater and all water piping.
  4. Use sunlight instead of turning on the heat, where applicable.
  5. Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
  6. Caulk, seal, and weather-strip openings from your home to the outside.
  7. Repair and weather-strip air leaks in the home as 10-25% of energy used to heat homes escapes through air leaks.
  8. Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you’re not using your fireplace.
  9. When using your wood-burning fireplace, split wood into pieces that are 10-15cm (4-6-inches) in diameter. The wood will burn more cleanly with more surface area exposed to the flame.
  10. Avoid heating unused rooms by closing doors and warm air supply registers.