During the winter, keeping your home warm and comfortable is a top priority — but this necessity comes at a cost. Fortunately, by making a few changes to your everyday routine and working with an electrician, you can reduce your energy bills. Follow these tips to save a few dollars this winter.
How to Reduce Power in the Winter
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
When winter approaches, people often forget to adjust their thermostat to accommodate cooler temperatures. Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when you are home and awake. Before you go to sleep and prior to leaving the house, turn your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. This can save you roughly 10% per year on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you’re looking for a more convenient option, ask an electrician to install a smart thermostat that is capable of detecting movement and will adjust its settings accordingly.
2. Update Window Fixtures
Drafty windows can let in a lot of cold air, so update your window fixtures with thick, insulating curtains. In addition to reducing drafts, these window treatments will trap heated indoor air, keeping your space more comfortable.
3. Adjust Your Ceiling Fan
Although ceiling fans might seem useless during the winter, they are designed with controls that can keep your home warm. By flipping a switch that controls the direction of the blades, you can keep warm air circulating through a room. During the winter, the ceiling fan should run clockwise at a low speed to trap heat inside the house and push hot air back down. If you don’t have ceiling fans, hire an electrician to install them in your home so you can control indoor temperatures.
Whether you are concerned about reducing your carbon footprint or you are focused on lowering your overall costs this winter, Service First Electrical and Plumbing in Texarkana, TX, and AR, can help. The family-owned business prides itself on building long-term relationships with customers and delivering prompt service in almost any situation. To learn more about how their team of electricians can help, visit their website or call (870) 775-1035.