Conserve Energy at Home

Winter is just around the corner. A little preparation goes a long way in terms of comfort, and potential savings. Here are some hints for ways to conserve energy at home, and still keep cozy.

Any time of year:

* Unplug appliances and televisions when not in use.

* Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t in use.

* Set the water heater to maintain of temperature between 110 and 120 degrees.

Specifically during the colder months:

* Put storm windows in securely to keep the cold out.

* Leave shades and curtains open by day (to let the sun’s heat in) and closed by night to retain that heat.

* Make sure crawl spaces, attics and basements have good insulation.

* Close fireplace dampers when not in use.

* Place weather-stripping and caulk around all doors and windows.

* Replace furnace filters on a regular basis, and have your furnace serviced as needed.

* Maintain an inside temperature that’s comfortable, but not toasty. Make up for the lower temperature by wearing a sweater, and socks or slippers while inside.

* Use only LED holiday lights.

* For more great tips, check out this Energy Saver Guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

Photography credit: Veer.com