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Winter Weather: Ways to Save

Winter Weather: Ways to Save

With winter on the horizon, now is the time to be ready for the chilly weather! If you live in a location where freezing temperatures are common, you must prepare your home for the low temperatures. This winter, home heating expenditures are expected to be 50 percent (1) higher! Do not fear! There is still time to make your living area more energy-efficient.

There are several ways to keep your house warm throughout the winter without increasing your heating expense. Here are some ideas to help you save on your energy bill while staying toasty this winter!

Welcome Sunlight Into Your Home

The sun is an excellent source of free heat. During the day, open your curtains and blinds to take advantage of the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect assists your home in naturally bringing in heat. Extreme cold (2) may frequently have a negative impact on an individual's everyday activities. Using sunlight to create heat for your home might help you avoid being severely affected by the cold weather. 

Aside from generating natural heat for your home, permitting natural sunshine into your home may provide a variety of additional benefits. Natural lighting is not only popular due to its energy economy, but it has also been shown (3) to improve attention, avoid seasonal sadness, and reduce anxiety. 

Invest in Portable Heaters

Although not as effective as central heaters, using a portable heater is the most energy-efficient alternative. Portable heaters are an excellent choice for heating a specific area of a bedroom or living/family room. If you just <a href="https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/will-space-heater-save-you-money-and-energy/">intend</a> (4) to blow warm air to heat one or two rooms in your house, the cost of energy consumed for your portable heater will be significantly lower than if you use central heating.

Be mindful of the fact that portable heaters aren’t used to completely replace central heating. It may cost more energy to keep portable heaters on for 24 hours. Its usage should only be limited to a few hours in a day. 

Use a Smart Thermostat

Technology in the energy market is evolving at a rapid rate, whether in your home or with your electric supplier. Lowering energy consumption and <a href="https://www.whatissmartenergy.org/featured-article/is-a-smart-thermostat-a-worthwhile-investment-for-your-home">energy prices</a> (5) appears to be a recurrent issue among homeowners looking for new methods to capitalize on energy savings. Investing in a smart thermostat is a great move if you're on a mission to reduce your power bills.

Smart thermostats are based on efficiency, which means that the thermostat links to your home's boiler system, and an app is downloaded to your smartphone.

The app allows you to set your thermostat by altering the temperature to your liking. This unique product's capability examines your home's living habits and changes the temperature based on the number of people inside.

Smart thermostats with this function are intended to help you reduce your energy usage.

Lower Your Thermostat at Night

When it comes to thermostats, it's critical to set them to a reasonable temperature at night. With material goods such as blankets and warm clothing to remain warm. If you're serious about decreasing your energy cost, keep in mind that altering your home's temperature by one degree can cut your <a href="https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/5-benefits-turning-thermostat-will-surprise/#:~:text=If%20you%27re%20serious%20about,%C2%B0%20while%20you%27re%20asleep.">bill</a> (6) by 1% to 3%.

Consider lowering your thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees; you'll save roughly 10% to 15% on your monthly expenditures! You'll not only get a nice night's sleep, but you'll also keep money in your wallet all night.

Turn Down Your Water Heater

Some hot water systems heat to 140°F (60°C), which is absolutely unnecessary and hot enough to seriously burn a toddler or adult. Setting your hot water heater to 120°F (48°C) can be financially beneficial considering that water heating is accountable of 14-18 percent of a homeowners energy bill

According to Energy.gov (7), the average American home spends more than $400 per year on its water heater. Residents may discover that by lowering the temperature of their hot water tank by roughly 20 degrees to 120°F (48°C), they may save between 6% and 10%. That implies that if a household spends $415 per year, they might save $25 to $42 per year simply by lowering the temperature of their water heater.

Replacing Your Air Filters

Did you know that changing filthy air filters might help you lower your energy consumption? Dirty air filters impair the efficiency of your heater and cause it to consume more energy. When your air filter becomes clogged, airflow is limited, causing your HVAC system to work more than usual. Check your filter every month, especially during colder seasons like winter.

Another advantage of clean air filters is improved indoor air quality. Filters that are clogged are unable to catch and filter pollutants, increasing the risk of allergies and asthma worsening.

Final Thoughts

We realize that it may be quite cold from January to March, so cranking up the heat can be rather pleasant during those months. We recommend that you be aware of your utility use. However, if you want to save energy on your heating system during the winter, you need to take these considerations into account.

Shopping around for local energy suppliers is another potential element that might help reduce your energy costs. Sunwave Power & Gas is an energy supply company that aims to provide its consumers with efficient energy at a fair price (8)!

What Can You Benefit From Choosing Sunwave Power & Gas?

Choosing an electric source has grown quite simple throughout the years! Many energy markets can give significant benefits to you in terms of energy use by granting you control over your electrical supply. Despite the fact that there are several options available, selecting one might be a daunting task.

Sunwave (9) Power & Gas is committed to each of our clients and takes pleasure in offering exceptional customer service. We want to make sure you're constantly up to date on the status of your account information. Staying up to date is simple whether you're at home, the office, or on the go.

We recognize that you have more important things to accomplish than keep an eye on the energy market. All you have to do is enter your zip code, select a rate plan and we'll take care of the rest!
 

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