Keep Warm with 10 Energy Saving Tips During Winter

Keep Warm

The holiday season is over, but the cold is here to say.. At least until Spring. After Christmas and New Years, we want to give our wallets a break. So here are tips to keeping a cozy house during the cold winter seasons. They don’t take much effort, and are inexpensive ways to be resourceful!

1. Keep The Lights Off

If you plan on going away for the holidays, save money while you are away by making sure all lights are turned off. This includes lights in: garage, backyard, patio, or front porch lights.

2. Time central heating

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Programming your boiler to turn on 30 minutes prior to waking up in the morning – but at a lower temperature to be cost effective. Boiler heats up at a consistent speed no matter what you set the thermostat to. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heat on low all day – then you are paying for heat you don’t need.

3. Use your curtains and take advantage of daylight savings

Heat from the sunlight is given freely, so why not make use of it. Allowing the sun to shine through the curtains during the day warms up the glass windows; projecting heat to the walls of your home. As the sun goes down, close your curtains to trap the warmth. Make sure you don’t have any hidden leaks or gaps that prevent the warm air from staying in.

4. Adjust Thresholds

Another step to keeping your home warmer is to prevent heat from breaking away through gaps and cracks in walls. A few apparent ones are easy to find: pipes, cables, behind the washing machine, under kitchen cupboards, key holes, and around sinks and toilets.

5. Keep the Kitchen Warm and Cozy

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While you are cooking, boiling, and baking, all that heat accumulated will keep your kitchen warm without having the need to turn the thermostat. Try making a cup of hot cocoa, something cooking in the crock pot, and bake cookies to get your kitchen stirring up heat!

6. Cover the keyhole

Another step to keeping your home warmer is to prevent heat from breaking away through gaps and cracks in walls. A few apparent ones are easy to find: pipes, cables, behind the washing machine, under kitchen cupboards, key holes, and around sinks and toilets.

7. Get Your Place Ready for Entertaining

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Each year we vow to devote more time to family and friends – you can start with making your home cozier.

Start in the place where you welcome guest to unwind and get comfortable. Try adding new cushions, or placing a new rug that can make a noticeable difference. The guest bedroom is an essential part of a guest’s experience, we want them to enjoy their stay while being cozy and comfortable.

8. Install Solar Panels

There are endless perks as to why you should go solar: reduce your bills, great return on investment, increase your house value, and never fear utility companies again.

9. Rearrange your sofa

Positioning your favorite chair in front of the radiator may seem ideal, but it’s only doing harm by absorbing the heat that could be providing heat in your home. With that space open, hot air can circulate throughout the house.

10. Wrap up warmly

Make sure your hot water tank is properly lagged – or insulated. Doing so will keep water warmer and minimize heating costs.

 

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is the best time during the year to take care of the small things and big home repairs before the days get shorter, and colder. With the feeling of the warm breeze becoming chillier, the time has come to prepare your home for the cold winter ahead!

Even the little things make a big difference in your home

1. Make exterior repairs

Take a stroll around your property and look out for indicators of damage roof, porch, windows, and siding and foundation.

2.  Check railings, stairs and the walk/driveway for safety

If the landscape around your property is hidden beneath ice or snow, walking to and from the driveway and back can be cumbersome.

Maneuver around your home with ease by checking if your stairs are in good shape with strong railings, and that the driveway does not need any repairing.

3. Tend to trees and shrubs

If your property has an abundance amount of trees, they need to be cared for. Trimming your trees and shrubs not only improves the appearance of your landscaping, but may act as prevention or correction to a safety hazard.

If DIY is not your thing, consider hiring an arborist. The professionals can detect signs of poor health in the early stages of tree loss, and know how to and when to prune to avoid the falling leaves during winter.


4. Clean the gutters, downspouts and perform repairs

Here is the time to get your mind IN the gutters! Fallen leaves may be beautiful to look at, but eventually they will fall and clog the gutters. It is time to clean, and de-clog your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate into a pool and damage your roof and siding. Perform any repairs necessary


5. Organize the garage

As of now,tools, lawn tools, toys, bicycles, beach umbrellas, and camping equipment is taking up a good amount of space where your car could be parked. Often, most people neglect getting their car inside the garage during winter because they find it overflowing with a disorganized mess.  

There are so many great organizing systems available – shelving, and hooks that allow you to hang bikes in the ceiling – overhead garage storage units are wonderful for creating that extra space you need.

6. Inspect Your Roof

Go outside and check your roof for signs of slight damage to your roof such as; broken, cracked, or missing shingles and bare spots where the granular coating has been worn off. Don’t forget to take care of these small necessary repairs now to prevent future damage.  


7. Plant a tree

Since trees are dormant in the fall and spring, it’s softer on the root system. When choosing a place to plant, consider where so it can contribute with saving energy. If placed right, it can act as a windbreaker during the winter and supply shade during the hot summer.

8. Button up your coat

Check for air leaks near your window and doors. A home with leaks is similar to an unbuttoned coat. If caulk is missing or damaged around your windows, doors and electrical openings (cable, phone, gas etc.), be sure to seal any gaps with proper caulk.

9. Become energy efficient

Throw on your favorite cozy sweater while in the comfort of your own home to keep heating cost low.


10. General cleanup

This ties back to garage clean up, now is the perfect time to get rid of your the excess stuff around home that has been accumulated. Items such as accumulated newspaper, and leftover household cleaning supplies should be thrown out to prevent any risk of future fires. Clear up space and free of cleaning supplies around heaters, furnaces, and other heat producing appliances.