October is right around the corner—it’ll be no time at all before winter arrives. Before the temperatures plunge and you turn on your heating equipment, think about ways you can save money. Everybody wants to stay warm and comfy, but there are many things you can do to stay toasty and save at the same time!
Ways to Save Energy During the Cold Season
According to the old saying, there’s always room for improvement—and this applies to home energy efficiency. There are always ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and help reduce your bills.
Insulate. We have found that installing insulation is one of the best ways to help you save money and live more comfortably, not only in the winter but all year long! It will help stop the flow of heat, keeping the warm air inside your home in the winter. Insulation pays for itself in a few short years—it’s an investment that’s worth it if you’re looking for energy savings for the long term.
Install a programmable thermostat in your home. With it, you can preset lower, more energy-efficient temperatures for times you won’t be home. Programmable thermostats can be very cost-effective solutions for those with a consistent schedule.
Use CFL bulbs. You may want to think about replacing your incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFL bulbs. They have improved in both looks and efficiency and can help you cut back on energy costs. This is one of the easiest, lowest-cost ways to get a more energy-efficient home!
Change your furnace filters. Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. It doesn’t cost much and can help you reduce your bills! A dirty furnace filter can hinder airflow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money.
Buy energy-efficient appliances. You use your appliances every day, and you can save a lot of money by using ones that are energy-efficient. Consider buying ENERGY STAR® qualified products—there are a variety of ENERGY STAR appliances, from fridges to dishwashers.
Air seal. Air sealing your home should go hand in hand with insulating it. A home that is insulated but not air sealed isn’t as energy-efficient as it could be. Common air leak sites include the attic, walls, and around windows and doors.
Let Us Help!
If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, we can help you increase the energy efficiency of your home. Installed Building Products Portland installs insulation (and other products, such as closet shelving, shower doors, etc.) and can help you save money and live more comfortably—this winter and all year round.
Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to schedule a free estimate for your project!