Controlling Your Energy Costs In The Winter
Winter may be a good time to enjoy skiing and other snow-based sports, but it is also a time when everyone should anticipate an increase in their energy bills. You can’t blame people for regularly using their boilers/hot water tanks during this time when the temperatures can go down to the negative degrees Celsius level
But there are ways to cushion the inversely proportional ratio between the lowering temperature and the skyrocketing energy cost during winter. By sticking to an energy management strategy planned even before winter time, you can make your homes and offices energy efficient.
Your energy expenses during this season mostly come from the cost of the heating fuel you use for your homes. While you can always cut your costs by using less fuel, that could keep your noses and freezing the entire season and your hospital and medicine bills on the rise at the same time. Check out some of these energy management strategies you can implement right in your own home to cut your energy costs while still enjoying the warmth provided by your water and air source heat pumps.
Conduct an energy audit
Everyone is encouraged to do an energy audit whether in the homes or offices, as it can result to around 30% savings every year. This entails taking a thorough walk around the house to look for air leaks that keep the winter cold creeping in your homes day and night. The best places to check for air leaks are the edges of the floor, air conditioners, electrical outlets, window frames and every nook and cranny where air can seep through.
Once you’ve listed all the areas with air leaks, insulate the interior walls and similar areas with R19 fiberglass to make the areas resistant to the transfer of heat. The grade of the insulation materials should differ depending on where it will be installed, with R25 insulation preferable for use in unheated basements.
Check Your Heating Equipment
Since majority of your energy expenses during winter goes to the heating of your boilers/hot water tanks, it is important to subject them to preventative maintenance on a regular basis, preferably before winter. An inefficient hvac system can result to a heat loss of up to two percent every year.
Once you are convinced that your heating systems are working well, you might want to install a programmable thermostat in your hvac systems which will allow you to regulate its operations at certain times of the day. With this gadget, it is now pretty easy to automatically turn on or off your heating system when you are at home, when you go to bed and when you leave the house. Every degree that your thermostat is dialled down can result to a three percent savings. Also consider the people living in your homes before you adjust your thermostats as infants and elderly persons require warmer temperatures especially during winter.
Humidification and DE-humidification systems will also make your homes more liveable and more energy efficient. With dry air inside your homes, you are bound to feel the cool climate. It is best to get a humidifier to get more moisture inside your homes so as to make you feel warmer. A well-maintained furnace is also more efficient so make sure you clean them up regularly.