Save energy and money this winter

Winter is now in full force, with temperatures dropping rapidly across the country. It's the time of year where people spend more time indoors to avoid the bitterly cold climate, which raises energy and heating bills as you take shelter from the weather in your comfortable home. To avoid sky-high costs during the next few months, there are ways you can increase the energy efficiency of your home, to make sure you are getting the most out of your home and products. By changing a few things, you can save energy, money, and increase the long-term value of your house.

Change the furnace filter: If the filter in your furnace is dirty and overused, it can dramatically reduce the airflow into your home. This will make it work harder to produce the necessary amount of energy for your house and will lead to greater costs each month. During months when usage is high, the filters should be cleaned or outright replaced once a month. If you make sure the furnace is clean and properly updated, you can save about 5 percent of your heating costs annually.

Have an energy center: Have control over your HVAC system at your fingertips by installing a touch screen computer, which can be responsible for monitoring all outdoor and indoor temperatures, and schedule any routine maintenance.

Protect your windows: A significant portion of a house's heat loss – anywhere from 10 to 25 percent – occurs through improperly insulated windows. Old windows should be replaced with new, energy efficient ones, which will cut down on the work your home heating system has to do. Keep drapes and blinds pulled back to allow the sun to naturally heat a space.

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