5 Home Energy Conservation Tips for the Winter

Everyone knows that home energy bills always become higher during the wintertime. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks to keep costs down. Here are five top energy conservation tips that you can implement this winter. (And you know what the great thing about these ideas are? You can “reverse” some of them and use to stay cool in the summer!)

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Stop fireplace heat loss

This may come as a big surprise, but your fireplace could actually be the place you’re losing the most heat from. Wood-burning fireplaces, for example, can end up letting a lot of heat escape through the chimney. Make sure this doesn’t happen by installing airtight doors and inflatable draft stoppers. Another way to stop air escaping is with a flue sealer, which can be easy put in place by anyone.

Add attic insulation

Insulating your attic is one of the best ways to keep energy costs down. You can tell when a house is poorly insulated because it quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to live. It will save you a ton of money in the long run, and even more if you can do the insulating yourself. The recommended minimum level of insulation for attics is R-38, which equals about 12 inches. According to Habito, improving insulation also makes a huge difference to your property valuation and ease of sale.

Install curtains to block drafts

Thick curtains are actually very effective at keeping in the heat (and keeping out the cold). Quilted or thermal are the best to use, as the barrier stops you losing heat through the windows. If you can’t afford new curtains, you can even line the back of existing ones with fleece. Blackout curtains work during the hot summer days too, so you’ll get a lot of use out of them year-round.

Turn down the heat and still be comfortable

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It’s a waste of energy and money to heat up the entire house if you’re only using one or two rooms. Using a space heater to localize the heat will save a ton on your energy bills. While they don’t work great in big, open spaces, they’re perfect to use in a bedroom. (Just make sure you follow the safety rules when using!) Remember, you can save one percent on your bills by turning down your heat by one degree. It all adds up, so always put on a cosy sweater and your best fuzzy socks before going overboard with the heating. Another tip for night-time is to use a hot water bottle to warm up your bed.

Seal basement air leaks

If you don’t use your basement much, it’s probably the last area you’d think of for energy conservation. Air leaks are fairly common, but luckily, there are simple and quick solutions. Check along the top of your basement walls where the cement or brick meet the wooden frames. If there are leaks, you can easily fix them with a silicone gun or spray foam insulation.

Does it get cold in the winter months where you are? How do you conserve home energy around your house?

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