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Essential Home Energy-Saving Tips for the WinterStaying warm this winter doesn’t need to cost you a small fortune. You can be energy conscious without sacrificing home comfort by utilizing these home energy-saving tips:

Block Drafts

One of the best ways to block drafts around windows is to cover them with heavy curtains. An old quilt or blanket can substitute for a heavy-material curtain if you don’t have one available. This extra layer of material can block drafts and help rooms retain more heat.

Keep Thermostat Settings Low

Turn your thermostat down at night and when you’re away from home. Maximum savings occur when your thermostat is at the lower setting for eight hours or more. To stay warm, you can add an extra blanket or wear an oversize sweatshirt. You’ll hardly notice the difference in temperature, but you’ll definitely notice the savings on your next heat bill.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks allow heated air inside your home to escape through small cracks and gaps around uninsulated windows and doors. You can seal these leaks with weatherstripping, silicone caulking and foam insulation.

Turn Lights Off

The best way to save energy is to turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use. It also helps to get in the habit of turning off the lights when you leave a room. You can also replace incandescent bulbs with Energy Star compact florescent bulbs.

Insulate Your Water Heater

Insulation is another important factor if you’re trying to save money and retain heat. Make sure to check insulation levels and to wrap pipes and your water heater for maximum savings. Blanket insulation and wrapping your water heater with insulation helps it work more efficiently and use less energy to keep water hot.

There you have it — some cost-cutting ideas for lowering energy consumption during the winter. A few simple home energy-saving tips for the winter can help reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

For more energy-saving tips or for help with any heating and cooling issues, contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the residents of Farmington and Oak Park for 65 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy-saving tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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