Winter is finally here and you may be running your heater more than you need to. Here are four tips and techniques to "winterize" your home so you can save money and energy while feeling cozy and warm in your home.
- Insulate Your Home: A well insulated house can use as much as 45% less energy for heating and cooling, which means that insulation pays for itself in cheaper bills.
- Insulate Pipes: Wrap external hot water pipes with simple insulating tape, to reduce the heat loss from your hot water tank to the taps, and reduce the energy needed to get your hot water. It can be bought cheaply from your local hardware shop.Water pipe heating cables: Frost King water pipe heating cable can cover anything that’s exposed or in a cold zone. ( sold at Home Depot)
- Kits to cover Drafty Windows: 3M window insulator kit.
- Cover Bare Floors: Additional Rugs, portable heaters
- Foil Behind Radiators: Wasted heat means wasted money — but a little DIY can always save the day. Putting tin foil behind the radiators in your home reflects heat back into the room, rather than allowing it to escape through the walls. Though they do make foil specially designed for this purpose, the quality stuff in your kitchen will also do the trick.
- Re-Arrange Furniture: Sitting by the window can cause radiant heat loss from your body to the glass make you feel cold. To avoid this, make sure your furniture is not in front of a large window or pushed up against an outside wall. Additionally, avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of radiators as the say, couch or sofa, will absorb the heat you want.
- Ceiling Fans To Rotate Clockwise
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise.
- Whether you know it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be changed seasonally. By setting them clockwise in the winter at a lower speed, you can drive warm air down towards you and your guests.
- Thick Curtains: Up to 40 percent of the heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows. Heavy, lined curtains which extend below the window frame will insulate your windows and help keep the warmth in