One thing about winter that nobody ever looks forward to is the rise in fuel and energy costs as the weather gets colder. In this blog post, we will cover a few energy savings tips that could help you save money this season.
Make the most out of the energy you use
Make sure the windows and doors in the rooms you are heating are closed so none of the heat escapes. You can insulate your windows with clear plastic sheets, insulation foam or insulation tape. Any of these options could cost between $3-$10. If you have vents, make sure they are not blocked by furniture. Blocked vents can cost you up to 25% more in energy! If you have ceiling fans, reverse their rotation to clockwise to push the heat back down on to you.
Take advantage of free sources of heat
On sunny days, keep your windows closed but open your blinds so the sun can naturally warm up your home. If you have a fireplace, use it from time to time and try to stay around it so you can save on heating other rooms electronically. Using a fireplace can be dangerous though so please use caution. You can take a look at a few tips for using your fireplace here.
Only use energy when you need it
Think about the times when your home is most in need of heat and which areas of the house usually have people in them. If you can get away with heating just one room for multiple people you could end up saving a lot of money! Make sure you are turning off all electronic heating sources when your family is not at home. The idea that it is cheaper to always have your heaters on is a myth!
Need assistance with your energy needs?
Known commonly as Fuel Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills. In Massachusetts, please visit https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-home-heating-and-energy-assistance for more information.