We aren’t done with winter yet! Let’s be sure to spend the last of the winter months being warm and not spending too much to get there! With environmental impacts increasing and energy costs on the rise, home heating alternatives are at the forefront of our minds. Not only can these energy-efficient ideas lessen our impact on the environment, they will save money too.
Perform regular maintenance on your home heating system(s). Efficiency is lost with poorly maintained units. Get regular service done and keep exhaust filters clean.
Avoid using exhaust fans.
Running a bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan for one hour can deplete your home of its warm air. Minimize their use by not using them or turning them off as soon as possible.
“Reuse” oven heat.
When you’ve finished in the oven, leave the door open to warm the kitchen further.
Skip the gas fireplace.
A gas fireplace will use more energy to heat a room than central home heating.
Utilize the wood fireplace.
Wood-burning fireplaces or Wood-Burning Stoves give off more heat than a gas fireplace and can burn scrap wood, fallen trees or branches or wood pellets, which are made from sawdust and are one of the most cost-effective forms of home heating.
Reverse your ceiling fans.
Passive solar heating.Utilize the low winter positioning of the sun to warm your home by opening curtains on south and west facing windows during the day, and removing solar shade screens until warmer weather returns. If you want to know more about solar heating options, talk to us at Unique Home Building and we’ll get you all the information you need!
Keep the thermostat low.
Challenge yourself to set the temperature one or two degrees lower each year. Keeping it at 55 degrees at night and 6o during the day is a common energy-efficient setting. Beware not to turn it off completely or set it too low, as this can burst pipes or cause hypothermia.
Keep the temps steady.
Turning the heat off while you leave or more than 5-8 degrees lower at night than during the day can cause your unit to work harder when trying to warm the place up again. Pick a nice steady range instead.
Use a programmable thermostat.
Using a Programmable Thermostat to turn the temp lower while you sleep or work can decrease your energy consumption up to 25% without your needing to remember.
Consider a space heater.
In some, not all, cases a space heater may be more efficient to heat a small room than running a central home heating system.