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5 Ways to Conserve Energy This Winter

conserve energy through winterWhen you hear the word winter, what comes into your mind? Talk of the cold, staying indoors most of your days, ice-skating, and most of all looking for the best ways to keep yourself warm.

Energy is a crucial topic especially in this age where it seems that the climate is no longer as predictable as it was. Therefore, since the winter can bring in a considerable increase in your bills and energy use, it is best that you look for ways to ensure that you keep the bills at bay.

On that note, what are some of the things you can do during winter to conserve energy? Consider the following five points.

  1. Stay warm

Most people would instead turn on their thermostat than consider lowering the heat levels and wearing a sweater.

Some easy ways to conserve energy include lowering the thermostat, and keep yourself warm by wearing a sweater, a thick pair of socks, and keep your throw blanket close to you.

You could also keep warm by taking in hot liquids like warm water, hot chocolates, tea, and the likes. Purchase a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.

  1. Insulate your home

One thing that you have to consider when building your home is insulation. Improper insulation means that you will need your heater more than ever.

Find gaps within your home that allow cold air to enter. Seal them using DIY means such as using folded newspapers or folding clothes that you are not using.

On that note, consider placing a mat in your living room. Consider installing windows and doors that have an energy star label on them.

  1. Purchase an adjustable thermostat

A thermostat is one of the installations that you will use during the winter. That device can consume so much energy if you utilize it improperly.

Because of that, it would be a good idea if you bought an adjustable thermostat. It has settings that can control its use while you are not at home.

You can also set it in such a way that it begins to heat the room before you return home. That way, you will be saving a lot of energy.

  1. Service all your appliances

By the way, if you notice an unusual hike for your electric bills, the chances are that one of your devices could have a problem.

For instance, the boiler could be heating the water slowly, which could mean that it is using more heat than if it was in the right condition.

To avoid such problems, call in a professional who can service all those appliances. It is also a bright idea if you unplug all your devices before you leave home.

  1. Go natural

When the sun shines, do not let that light and energy go to waste. Open the windows to allow the airflow into the room.

Nonetheless, after sunsets, ensure that you close the windows to avoid cold air from coming into the room.

 

Final remarks

There is no need to warm areas of your home that you are not using. Give attention to areas like your child’s bedroom and living room.

You could also go for LED lights, which also conserves energy.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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