Our local real estate team, Hallie Cranford and Robin Cupp, are here with our winter need-to-knows:
As we head further into the winter months in Aledo, you may notice an increase in your energy bill. The reduced amount of daylight drives us to turn on our lights sooner, while the cooler temperatures cause us to crank up the heat inside. Here in the Metroplex the winter and summer months tend to be the most energy-intensive times of the year, as we try to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, despite what the thermometer says.
Here are our 7 Tips to Save Money and Stay Warm this Winter:
I. Set the thermometer to 68 degrees when you’re home.
3-5% more energy is used for each degree the thermostat is set above 68 degrees.
II. When you leave the house, lower the thermostat.
Lowering your thermostat 10-15 degrees can save 5-15% a year on your energy bill.
III. Close your curtains or blinds at night and when you’re not home to keep warm air from escaping.
Go the extra mile and invest in thermal blackout curtains, which can help warm air stay where it belongs—in your home.
IV. Check for drafts around windows and doors.
Caulk gaps and cracks when you see them to prevent heat from escaping.
V. Close the damper of your fireplace when you are not using it.
Being mindful of this small action can keep your house noticeably warmer.
Up to 25% of heat is lost through the small cracks and holes around the house. Properly insulating your floors, walls, and attic can save you up to 10% on your total energy costs.
VII. Maintain your heating and cooling duct system.
By keeping your HVAC system in great shape, you can avoid costly and sudden repairs that might leave your home without heat, plus save money on energy bills.
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