Do-It-Yourself Winter Energy Saving Tips

Colder months often bring higher energy bills for homeowners. Sunny days and warmth give way to rain and brisk, chilly weather – and households start cranking up the heat to keep themselves warm.

As the cold weather months approach, energy usage goes up – which results in higher electric bills. These easy-to-implement weatherization tips can help reduce your home’s energy consumption and keep it warm and cozy, while also helping to keep your bill as low as possible.

Replace Filters: Install a new furnace filter to improve indoor air quality and help your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system work more efficiently and use less energy. Use the change schedule recommended by the filter manufacturer. If you have a ductless heat pump, be sure to clean it regularly per the manufacturer.

Install a Door Sweep: Add door sweeps to the bottom of exterior doors to provide a tight seal against drafts and keep the cold and moisture out.

Feel for Air: Use a lit incense stick or smoke pencil to check for air leaks where plumbing, ducting or wiring come through walls, floors or ceilings. Seal with caulk or spray foam to keep unwanted drafts and moisture out of indoor spaces.

Take Cover: Cover the interior of windows with insulating film as a quick alternative for keeping drafts and moisture at bay. Insulating film can be purchased from hardware stores or online and installed using common household tools.

Seal Your Switches: Outlets and light switches on outside walls can be a source of unwanted drafts and heat loss. Inexpensive outlet and switch sealing gaskets can improve weatherization and stop outside air infiltration.