It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the holidays! It’s the season to spend cozily indoors with friends and family. You’ve saved up to make this year extra special, but if you don’t take the time to make sure your home is energy efficient, you may be spending those savings on a utility bill instead. The Clayton Built® team wants to ensure your holidays are filled with memories of family and fun, NOT worrying about how you’ll afford it.
This is why our team introduced the Energy Smart Home Package in all of our new homes!
This package has taught us that saving energy can be easy and help your wallet in the long run. In addition, consider these energy efficient tips to make sure your home is ready for winter, conserving energy and saving you money as you transition from fall!
1. Monitor Your Thermostat
All of our Clayton Built® homes are equipped with ecobee smart thermostats, making it easy to adjust the temperature of your home throughout the day, even when you’re not there.
If you aren’t tech savvy, don’t fret. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and will automatically turn the temperature up or down to help save energy.
According to the Department of Energy, the best temperature for your heater in the winter is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your thermostat between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the colder months can save up to 5% on heating costs for every degree you lower it!
2. Shut the Front Door
And the back door, and the garage door, too.
I know, I know. This seems like common sense, but leaving your doors open or cracked can be impact your utility bill. Fortunately, all Clayton Built® homes are built with quality insulation that generates a thermal shield to hold heat in. This helps your energy costs stay down and keeps your home comfortable all year long – but if your doors are open, your warm air is going to escape out of them.
3. Check for Air Leaks
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 any leaks, 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!
4. Don’t Block Your Air Vents
It’s a common misconception among homeowners that you can conserve energy by closing the vents in rooms you don’t use. The blower in your HVAC system is designed to blow against some resistance, but when air vents are closed, the pressure increases, which could lead to some unwanted issues. The higher the pressure in your duct system, the more duct leakage you’ll have, which isn’t very energy efficient.
Keeping the vents that supply and distribute heat to and from your HVAC system open allow it to run more effectively AND efficiently.
Don’t forget about cleaning and maintenance to help care for your HVAC system.
5. Let the Sun Do the Work
The sun may be handier than you think.
Open the blinds in your home – that natural light will not only beautifully illuminate your house, it also can raise the temperature during the day, completely cost free.
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. Roast Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose this winter by using a fireplace, like the ones in these Clayton Built® homes. There’s just something about a burning fire that is welcoming during the winter months, so turn the heat down for a little bit and let a natural heater warm your home.
But be careful! The only thing that should be coming down your chimney is the bearded man in the red suit – so make sure to seal your chimney flue after you extinguish the fire for the night. Cold air likes to sneak into your home through open flues, so make sure you practice safe and effective fireplace maintenance.
7. Lower Your Water Temperature
Another easy way to save money on your energy bill is by turning down your water heater’s temperature. It’s common to want to crank up the water temperature as it gets colder, but that can end up costing you a lot of money.
The Department of Energy suggests a temperature of 120 degrees because the water heater can account for up to 18% of your home’s overall energy consumption!
Following these 7 simple energy efficiency tips as you transition into the colder months will help save you from the shock of a high winter utility bill. You’ll rest easy knowing that your home is running more energy efficiently, which will save you money in the long run!
Do you ever wonder if there are any other things you might be forgetting about this winter? That’s why the Clayton Built® team created a seasonal maintenance checklist so you can be prepared all season long.