December 7, 2023
As the days get colder in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod we often spend more time indoors, hosting guests, cozying up by the fire, and watching our favorite holiday movies. And more time inside means it’s an opportune moment to think about how to save energy and save money on your energy bills. Keep reading to discover practical tips from Falmouth Energy about how to trim your home comfort costs and boost energy efficiency throughout this winter season.
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Winter Energy-Saving Tips from Your Local Energy Experts
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This helpful device is a key player in energy conservation, allowing you to dial down the temperatures during your absence or sleep, and crank them up when you’re back home. This savvy adjustment ensures you’re not burning money on heating the air when your home is empty.
Let the Sun In
Maximize the warmth in your home by opening your curtains during the day and welcoming natural sunlight! This uncomplicated, cost-free method harnesses passive solar heating, as sunlight streaming through open windows directly warms your living areas, diminishing the reliance on your heating system.
Prioritize Annual Maintenance
Ensuring the efficient performance of your heating equipment requires regular maintenance. An annual tune-up is essential, during which a technician thoroughly inspects and cleans components, such as vents and filters, calibrates the system for peak efficiency, and verifies its safe operation. This proactive approach helps identify potential issues that may strain your system and increase energy consumption and helps to catch problems early, so they don’t turn into big expenses.
Find and Seal Leaks
Unsealed gaps around windows and doors allow cold air to sneak into your living space and precious heated air to escape. Identifying and sealing these openings using weatherstripping or caulk presents a budget-friendly solution to conserve energy.
An effective method for pinpointing drafts is the candle trick. On a windy day, light a candle and carefully move it around window frames, doors, electrical outlets, and other potential sources of leaks. Any noticeable flickering of the flame signifies air movement, alerting you to potential leaks in your home.
Consider an Upgrade
When reflecting on the past heating season, did you find yourself irritated by uneven warmth at home? Have repairs become an all-too-familiar occurrence? Perhaps your heating system is approaching the 15-year mark? If any of these resonate with you, it might be the right moment to consider an upgrade. Modern heating systems are designed to be more energy efficient, offering better performance and reduced energy consumption—saving you money in the long term.
Experience an Energy-Efficient Winter with Falmouth Energy
With these tips, you’re well on your way to saving energy (and money!) this winter. And remember, Falmouth Energy is your go-to for all your HVAC needs. With 24-hour emergency service and service plans to help maximize efficiency, we’re dedicated to keeping your system in top shape all year. Count on us to ensure your family stays comfortable this season. Reach out to Falmouth Energy for details on how we can assist you in optimizing your home comfort.