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5 Ways to Save Money This Winter | Energy Efficiency Tips

We’ve already gone over many things that you can do to dramatically lower your energy bill, like setting your thermostat and sealing up your air leaks. This week, we’re going to be specifically addressing the things you can do to winterize your home for cooler weather. By following these home maintenance tips, you will not only save money by lowering your energy bill, but increase your comfort as well.

1. Replace Your Furnace Filter

Dirty air filters restrict flow to you HVAC system, causing it to work harder. This will increase your energy use and costs, as well as introduce dirt and dust into your system and air.

Check you air filters every month and change them, at a minimum, every 3 months. During high-use months, you may have to change them every month. If your have pets, you will also find yourself having to change the air filters more frequently. In addition, change them more often if anybody in the household has allergies or asthma.

There are many things, however, that contribute to poor indoor air quality. If you feel like your air could be healthier, you can find out more information on our Indoor Air Quality Guide.

2. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Most water heaters are set at a standard 140 degrees, but in fact, it is better if you lower that setting to a more manageable 120 degrees. Your water heater won’t have to work as hard, you will eliminate the risk of scalding, and reduce corrosion and mineral buildup in your plumbing.

Check your water heater’s owner’s manual in order to properly change the temperature setting. Your thermostat dial could be located near the bottom, next to the gas valve, or located behind a screwed-on plate or panel. For more information on how to lower you water heater temperature, visit energy.gov.

3. Use Drapes and Sun to Your Advantage

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Be aware of how much your windows contribute to your home heating and cooling costs. When the sun is out and shining, open up your drapes and use that warmth to help heat your home. Conversely, when the sun is down, make sure you close your drapes to help insulate.

You may also want to add caulking and weatherstripping to your windows. Some people completely block up the windows they know they will not be opening all winter with heat shrinking film.

4. Add Whole-House Humidification System

Whole-house humidifiers don’t exactly make your house warmer, but they can certainly make it “feel” warmer. Since humid air feels warmer, you can humidify the whole house and set your thermostat back a couple degrees to reduce energy use and feel the same amount of warmth.

Conversely, if the air is too dry, you may have sore throats and respiratory problems, along with annoying static electricity. Call Cassel Home Comfort today to keep your moisture levels balanced at (217) 689-4522. We want you to be in complete comfort!

5. Use Your Washer Efficiently

Don’t use your washer unless you have a full load. Also, most washes can be done in cold water, reducing the extra energy it takes to heat the water. There are even special detergents made especially for cold water loads.

With the tips in our energy-saving blogs, you should start to see a drastic reduction in your home heating costs:

If you have any tips of your own, be sure to share them with us.


If you need help detecting air leaks and other sources of inefficiencies in your home, call your home comfort experts at (217) 866-1596for your free Whole Home Inspection and Analysis.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

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