Do high natural gas prices have you worried this winter. Well you are not alone! It seems like everyone is scrapping by these days, and those energy bills are only going to make things more difficult during this upcoming winter season. However, you can take a bite out of that high energy bill with a few simple ideas that will increase the efficiency of your home.
Small Investments to Help Save Energy:
- Programmable Thermostat: We recommend using a digital set back thermostat. This will let you automatically lower the temperature at night while you sleep yet wake up to a warm home. You can save as 12% on your gas bill if you use a 10 degree temperature roll back while you sleep. You can save even more if you use the setback mode during the day while you’re at work.
- Attic Insulation: Now’s the time to bring your attic insulation up to snuff! The U.S. EPA suggests, for our climate, an attic insulation value equal to R49 to R60. Those levels could save you over $400.00 in energy costs yearly as opposed to an un-insulated attic. Not to mention the increased comfort level for you and your family.
- Humidification: By adding humidity the home is warmer and much more comfortable allowing you to reduce the temperature on the thermostat a couple of degrees while still maintaining warmth in your home. Moisture control is an important consideration for any HVAC system. A lack of humidity in winter months can cause breathing difficulties, cracked skin, dry lips, sore throat and other possible health problems. Dry nasal passages leave your family prone to infection and respiratory illness. Dry air can also damage your home. Cracked and separating hardwood floors and molding, along with damage to furniture are some costly results. Installing a humidifier can regulate indoor moisture levels and can contribute to your family’s health and your home and HVAC system’s longevity.
With each of these tips in place, you will be able to trim some of the fat from your monthly energy bills. Even the small changes count, so get moving to start saving money today!