Home winterization is an important topic this time of year. Of course, we’re concerned not just with effective, but also eco-friendly ways to stay warm and combat the elements. Greener, environmentally friendly methods of home winterization are more popular than ever before.
GreenTips 365 has gathered 7 tips to help you go green by saving energy, which will also lower your heating bills and save money this winter.
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Stop the draft! Stop air leaks from drafty doors and windows by sealing leaks with weatherstripping. Weatherstripping will prevent heat loss and help keep your winter energy use low. Weatherstripping is one of the simplest ways to go green in the winter because proper insulation will not just lower your heating bills, it means less fossil fuels being used.
Insulate your water heater and consider turning it town a few notches. Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. Just using these two simple — and inexpensive — tips can save as much as 15% on the total costs of water heating in your home.
Weatherize your windows — covering glass with clear plastic or storm windows will cut heat loss. Use insulating drapes to hold in more heat. This really is a great way to keep the heat inside your home and keep the cold air outside.
Radiators and wall heaters are often inefficient at heating large spaces. This can be a real drain on your heating bill. Make your older heater more eco-friendly by using an oscillating fan spread heat evenly through the room.
When it comes to saving energy, it turns out dad was right. Turn your thermostat down and wrap up in a toasty sweater or blanket. In addition, use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature at night while you’re sleeping.
Keep doors closed and contain heat to the rooms you’re in. Keeping the doors closed can conserve a lot of energy and also save green on your home heating bill.
Make your fireplace eco-friendly with these two products that can make your fire burn hotter, last longer and reduce indoor pollution — EcoBricks and EcoFire.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to make the heating bill in your home and help to save our environment at the same time – you just have to get a little creative. How do you save energy during the winter? Let us know your favorite tips for energy conservation and winter heating by leaving a comment below.