Wondering how you can save money on your energy bills this winter? Heating a home or business in New Hampshire can be costly each winter due to extreme temperatures, which is why we like to share as many energy-saving tips and tricks as possible for our customers. Combat summer heat waves as well with our summer energy-saving tips, also listed below!
Winter Energy-Saving Tips
Get a tune-up! Tune-ups improve efficiency by reducing the amount of fuel you need, and they save you every year on energy costs.
Reduce your thermostat temperature. If you average indoor temperatures of 72° and reduce it to 68° eight hours a day, you can save a significant amount of money on your heating bill–1% per degree! That can really add up! To make that even easier and more seamless, choose a programmable thermostat.
Insulate your home by ensuring there is weather stripping on all movable joints, such as on windows and doors, and caulking on all non-moving features, such as venting holes. Leaking ductwork contributes on average to more than 25%-30% of your heating costs.
Avoid using your stove, oven, or dishwasher during peak heating hours of the day. This increases the work output of your air conditioner, leading to higher energy costs.
Be sure that when you do run your washing machine or dishwasher that they are entirely full. This can add humidity to the air, meaning your A/C has to work harder.
Clean the outdoor coils on your air conditioner whenever you notice dirt buildup, clean the A/C evaporator coils and condensate pan every year, and clean the supply and return registers while straightening their fins.
Plant shade trees around your home and outdoor A/C unit.
Install ceiling fans. They can allow you to raise your thermostat setting 4° without noticing a reduction in comfort.
Year-Round Energy-Saving Tips
Washing clothes in cold water instead of hot water can help to save you about $50 per year. You can also put a dry towel in the dryer with each load of wet clothes. The towel will absorb dampness and reduce drying time by up to 33%, saving energy and money.
If you have a crawl space, inspect it regularly to be sure that the insulation inside is dry. When insulation gets wet, its effectiveness is significantly reduced. Find the source of the moisture and replace any damaged insulation.
Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator every year. The dirt buildup makes the refrigerator work harder to keep the contents cool and, therefore, uses more energy.
In cold climates, double-pane windows with a low-emissive glass coating can reduce heating bills by 34%, compared with uncoated, single-pane windows.