Energy-Saving Tips to Prepare Your Home for Colder Months

🏡 Helpful info to help get your home ready for Winter + some energy efficient smart-home technology ideas!🌬️

The colder months are fast approaching and will be here before we know it! Now is definitely the perfect time to get your home prepared for the upcoming chilly weather. You can even go a step further and incorporate some handy smart-home technology to assist with ease of use + energy efficiency! Here are some energy-saving tips (along with some smart-home tech ideas) to have you staying cozy, stress-free, and saving extra bucks on your energy bills this Winter:

1️⃣ Keep the Heat Inside: Don’t let that warmth escape! Seal any cracks or gaps around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Caulking and weather-stripping can make a huge difference in preventing heat loss and can help you save an average of $170 per year.

2️⃣ Turn the Thermostat Down: Lowering your thermostat by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day can save you around $85 or more annually. Ever consider a smart thermostat for your home? When the temperature changes quite a bit, it’s tempting to blast your home’s heating unit in an attempt to keep the house warm, but this method can seriously rack up an energy bill, so Smart Thermostats have been found to help. They’re Wi-Fi connected devices that automatically adjust heating & cooling temperature settings in your home. It allows you to program preferred temperatures, create an automated schedule, provides energy usage data you can easily manage, and helps you control your home’s temperature through your smartphone whether you’re physically inside of the home or far away from it. Smart Thermostats have been found to save the most energy by minimizing temperature swings as they cut on or off closer to the desired temperature than a manual thermostat does.

3️⃣ Inspect and Replace Furnace Filters: Regularly clean or replace your furnace filters to ensure efficient heating. A well-maintained filter will keep your system running smoothly and save you from unnecessary energy consumption. And who doesn’t love breathing cleaner air? The air in our home should be our cleanest air. It’s where we spend our time, bathe, eat our meals, and rest each day. Home air quality is vital.

4️⃣ Use Devices Efficiently: We rely on technology today more than ever, especially during the colder months. Opt for energy-saving features on your devices and appliances, like low power mode or automatic brightness control. You could save up to $50 a year just by using these features! Smart appliances give homeowners the option to simplify their day-to-day life, while saving a bit of energy and money. For example, smart dishwashers bring enhanced features to your standard dishwasher, including Wi-Fi connectivity and flexibility options such as voice controls. You also have the option to start wash cycles from your smartphone and monitor the performance. Alerts get sent to your phone when a wash is finished or if there is ever a malfunction.

5️⃣ Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances: When shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy Star label. These models are designed to be more energy-efficient, reducing your utility bills and environmental impact. Another example would be smart washers & dryers. They make laundry day simple by giving you more control over your laundry cycles. As with other smart appliances, you can get alerts on your smartphone about the progress of the laundry cycle, and these machines can also monitor your energy use and run cycles during off-peak hours to help you save even further on utility bills.

By following these energy-saving tips, you can stay warm and cozy while keeping your energy consumption and bills in check this Fall & Winter. Don’t let the cold weather or high energy bills catch you off guard. Prepare your home now and enjoy a comfortable & stress-free Winter season! ❄️🔥

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