Don’t Let Cold Weather Burn Up Your Wallet This Winter
While many Brookfield homes come standard with energy-efficient features, such as barrier foam sealant, programmable thermostats and mastic-sealed ductwork, you can still follow some simple steps to save you money during times of peak energy consumption.
Here are just a few things you can do to save yourself some green this winter:
Take advantage of heat from the sun — When it comes to warming your home, the sun is your biggest ally. Simply open your curtains during the day to allow sunlight to enter and naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the cooling effect from cold windows.
Set your thermostat, save money — When you’re at home and awake, set your thermostat to as low as is comfortable. When you’re asleep or out of your home, turn the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees. Doing so can save you up to 10% a year on your heating bills. Programmable thermostats, standard in every new Brookfield home, make it even easier to set the temperature for times when you won’t be home.
Maintain your heating system — Keeping your furnace running smoothly is a key way to save money. And it can be as simple as replacing your furnace filter once a month (or as needed). If necessary, schedule service for your furnace to ensure that your heating system is running as efficiently as possible.
For even more tips and tricks for saving energy this winter, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s official energy-saving guide or see this do-it-yourself list from the experts of The Family Handyman Magazine.
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