For most of the country, temperatures are definitely dropping and winter weather is finally settling in. It's a good idea at this point to do what you can to weatherize your home and make it more efficient, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that heating costs this winter will rise 13 percent for homeowners using natural gas and 2 percent for those with electric heating systems.
There are tons of energy saving tips we could give you, but today we'll focus on three of the most important:
- Have your furnace cleaned: Over time, your furnace can develop large deposits of ash and carbon that need to be cleaned out. Doing so will make your heating system perform more efficiently, while also reducing the risk of corrosion.
- Install triple-paned glass: You often hear about the benefits of double-paned glass when compared to conventional single-paned windows. But the energy savings only increase if you invest in windows with a third pane of glass. Triple-paned windows can help you increase energy efficiency 20 percent over double-paned glass, and they also provide better soundproofing capabilities.
- Reverse your fan direction: If you have ceiling fans, have the direction they spin reversed so that warm air is forced downward.
We tend to focus a lot on the financial benefits of becoming more energy efficient, but it's important to remember that reducing fossil fuel consumption is hugely important if we are to avoid a climate catastrophe. Following these tips will help you save energy at home while doing your part to save the planet.