Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners This Winter

 
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We have a few different tips to help you save on your energy bills this winter. They’re surprisingly easy and inexpensive.

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Whether you love it or hate it, winter is here. You need to prepare your home properly in order to avoid big heating bills and freezing nights when the cold weather hits. Now, there are lots of large energy-saving projects out there, and they can all be worthwhile investments.
However, I want to share just three super simple tips with you today. Even though these tips are simple, they are still enormously effective in making you more comfortable at home while saving you money at the same time:
1. Get a draft snake (or two). The Department of Energy estimates that reducing drafts can lead up to 30% in energy savings. One simple way to reduce many of the drafts in your home is to install a "draft snake," which is a little cloth element that slips under your door. You can get a collection of draft snakes for just a few dollars each on Amazon, or you can fashion your own using nothing more than an old towel.

Reverse your ceiling fans to start.


2. Reverse ceiling fans. Hot air rises, while cool air hangs around your feet. This can be frustrating in the wintertime, because you don't want to run the heating without getting the benefits of it. An easy way to fix this is to run your ceiling fans in reverse. Instead of pushing air towards you, the fan will move that hot air that's clinging to the ceiling, dispersing the heat and making you feel warmer while spending nothing more on heating.

3. Flush your water heater.
There are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your water heater. However, simply draining your water heater can get rid of sediment and particles that are clogging up your heating machine and making it less efficient. Depending on the mineral content of your water, this could lead to a significant improvement in efficiency.
And there you have it, three simple and little-known tips to be a little more ready for the winter. If you have any questions for us about these tips or about anything else related to real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

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