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How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient for Winter

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Every year when November rolls around, Minnesotans know what to expect. The inevitable snow and cold are telltale signs that winter has arrived. We embrace our winters and we love the snow–it is part of who we are. From making snowmen in the backyard to putting up our Christmas lights, we cherish all the joys that winter has to offer.

That being said, there are also some adjustments that have to be made once winter arrives. We bring out our warmer clothes, buy salt to melt ice, and turn on the heat in our homes to deal with the cold. Turning on the heat means that your energy bill will be more expensive, but there are ways to be more energy efficient this winter and save some money.

Replace your appliances with higher efficiency products.

Technology has allowed for more energy efficient appliances that can help conserve energy and save some money. Take furnaces, for example: According to Green Home Guide, if your furnace was built before 1992 and still has a standing pilot light, it is likely to waste up to 35 percent of the fuel it uses. It probably is at the end of its service as well. Newer furnaces can run at up to 90 percent efficiency. This can lead to no more than 10 percent of natural gas waste and can save you 27 percent on your gas bill.

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Check the sealing on your doors and windows

Checking the insulation of your home can save on your heating bill and help to eliminate waste as well. Windows and doors that are not sealed properly will not hold the heat in your house, which, in turn, will cause your heating system to work unnecessarily and your heating bill to rise. Investing in sealants for your home can make your winter a lot merrier in the end! If you need a short-term fix, purchase some heavy-duty drapes or curtains to help keep out the cold.

Install a programmable thermostat.

It might seem like common sense, but some don’t understand what a major difference it can make to turn down your heat when you are not home. Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to use your heat when you need it–while you’re home! While you’re away, set the temperature down a few degrees.

Turn down your water heater.

Did you know that your water heater has different settings? Actually, a lot of people don’t. During the winter, turn your heater down to the “warm” setting (around 120° to 130°). Don’t forget to insulate your water pipes to prevent them from bursting while helping them warm up faster. If you have the time, investing in low-flow appliances will save you quite a bit of money on your water bill.

Enjoy the winter!

Everyone looks forward to celebrating all the fun that comes along with winter, saving some money and being more energy efficient can help you spend your money elsewhere. Take your family on a trip to a ski resort, take an awesome trip on snowmobiles, or spend a weekend at a winter cabin. There is a lot of family fun to be had in the winter and with some extra cash in your pocket from saving on your gas bill, it will be that much sweeter!

If your heater isn’t performing like it should, contact Opie’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning. Whether you need a quick repair or a completely new system, Opie is always on time, or you don’t pay a dime!

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