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12/16

7 Money and Energy Saving Tips for Winter

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While most of us haven’t started worrying about the colder temperatures that are on their way to Little Rock, there’s no doubt that the chilly weather will be here soon. Now is the perfect time of year to ensure that you’re ready to take on the winter weather, and there’s plenty that can be done before it gets colder outside.

Wondering how to keep your energy bills low and indoor comfort levels high? Here are seven tips to get you started.

1. Air Seal

Your home envelope is the first line of defense against the winter weather. Air sealing helps to plug any cracks or gaps that might allow unwanted air exchange to occur, and it’s a vital part of any healthy, comfortable home—it also works hand-in-hand with insulation.

2. Add Insulation

Did you know that as many as 90% of U.S. homes are actually under-insulated? It’s a striking figure to say the least, and one that regularly contributes to unwanted heat transfer.

The process of heat transfer, whether it is heat trying to escape in the winter or enter the home during the summer, can be slowed with high-performance insulation. Long story short, the more insulation your home is outfitted with, the harder it will be for heat to escape this winter.

3. Swap Out Your Lights

Lighting can account for up to 25% of your monthly electricity bill, and chances are you’re due for a retrofit. If you’re using traditional incandescents, it’s time to make the switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) lights, both of which are far more efficient options than those from the past.

4. Switch to a High-Efficiency Furnace

Is your furnace prepared for the winter weather? If it was installed more than ten years ago, the answer may well be “no.”

The furnaces of today utilize much less energy than those of the past, all while functioning at a higher level. Switching to a high-efficiency furnace, or at the very least performing heating system maintenance before the winter hits, is a crucial step to take for boosting home performance in the coming months.

5. Seal Your Ducts

Many people don’t realize how much of their conditioned air actually escapes through leaky ductwork—up to 40% in most homes. This is wasteful and costs money, so naturally, the solution can be found in duct sealing.

6. Go Tankless

Hot water on demand is the name of the game with tankless water heaters, and they’re far more efficient than tank-based systems. They never work harder than they need to, which means they’re not costing you more money than is necessary to spend.

7. Be Wary of Energy Vampires!

Appliances, power strips, computers that idle—these all fit into the category of energy “vampires,” which slowly suck power from your home throughout the day and night. What can you do? Unplug anything unnecessary, use high-performance power strips and upgrade to Energy Star appliances.

Don’t let the coming winter catch you off guard. Take the time now to prepare, and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.