With changing seasons comes the inevitable increase of your utility bill. If you don’t take the time to make sure your home runs efficiently, you’re greeted with fluctuating expenses from season to season, which can be extremely frustrating.
Fortunately, Clayton Homes offers the Energy Smart Home Package with all of our new manufactured homes!
This package has taught us that saving energy is easy and can help your wallet in the long run. Consider some of these energy efficient tips to make sure your home is running efficiently and conserving your energy and money as you transition from fall to winter!
1. Monitor Your Thermostat
It may seem obvious, but by taking the time to adjust it throughout the day, you can save more than you’d ever expect!
According to the Consumer Energy Center, the best temperature for your heater in the winter is around 68 degrees. Keeping your thermostat between 60 to 70 degrees during the colder months is a smart idea because you can save up to 5% on heating costs for every degree you lower it!
Plus, studies have shown that we sleep better in colder temperatures. A better night’s sleep and money in your pocket? It’s a win-win! Make sure to lower your thermostat every night before crawling in bed to get comfy.
2. Seal it Shut
Cold air has a sneaky way of getting into your home. When this happens, you’ll want to crank up the heater, but there goes your energy savings! By addressing the leak, you’ll avoid the whole problem.
Check the frames of your doors and windows to make sure there are no holes or tears in the seals surrounding them. These rubber parts are small but mighty when it comes to letting in unwanted breezes. They can easily be replaced or fixed if tears are found, so take the time to check them out as outside temperatures drop!
3. Keep Doors Closed
When I was younger, my mom always yelled at us “Close the door! You’ll let the air out!”
Something as simple as making sure to keep your doors closed can help keep the warm air in and cold air out. While you’re at it, keep that garage shut too! As an added barrier, this will further lock out the unwanted breezes.
4. Only Heat the Areas You Use
If you know that the in-laws and grandparents aren’t visiting until Christmas time, don’t waste energy and money heating the guest rooms!
You can crank it up for your guests before they arrive, but don’t spend all of early winter preparing for their visit. And once they've left, turn the heat off again!
5. Use The Sun to Your Advantage
Use heat that comes from outside by opening up your blinds on the south side of your home. You can’t get much more energy efficient than that!
A free heat source will obviously help you out in the long run, so open the shades in the afternoon and let the sun work its magic!
6. Speaking of Natural Elements…
If your home has a fireplace, use it to your advantage during the winter months! There’s something about a burning fire that is very welcoming. Turn the heater off for a little bit and let a natural heater warm your home.
The only thing that should be coming down your chimney during the winter is Santa, so make sure to seal the chimney flue after you put the fire out for the night! If not, the cold air will sneak into your home through the chimney and there goes your heat.
7. Lower Your Water Temperature
An easy way to save money on your energy bill is by turning down your water heater’s temperature. It’s common to crank up the water temperature, but never even turn the hot water faucet as high as the maximum heat!
Energy.gov suggests a temperature of 120 degrees because the heater can account for up to 18% of the home’s overall energy consumption!
Following these 7 simple energy efficiency tips as you transition into the colder months will save you from the shock of a high winter utility bill. You’ll rest easy knowing that your home is using energy efficiently, which will save you money in the long run!