Seattleites know that winters can be harsh and grey, but don’t let that freeze you out of having a cozy winter! Follow these simple energy efficiency tips to help winterize your home in Seattle:
- Go solar! Using solar panels for powering your home during winter is an excellent way to save money on electricity bills while using renewable energy and taking advantage of money-saving programs such as the ITC.
- Install a heat pump. In the winter, heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air and use it to warm your home. They use a relatively small amount of electricity to run, making them less expensive to operate than a natural gas furnace. A heat pump can lower heating costs by 25-50% compared to standard electric heating systems.
- Bundle up! Layering up will help to keep the cold at bay and limit the need to turn the thermostat up. Stay warm by layering clothes like sweaters, socks, and blankets. This is especially great if your family has different comfort levels when it comes to temperature.
- Check your insulation levels! Make sure that your attic and walls are properly insulated so there won’t be any weak spots for the cold air to seep through.
- Check your roof for potential leaks. If you have any doubt about your roof’s ability to handle snow and moisture this winter, have a reputable roofer such as Three Tree Roofing come take a look!
- Get your furnace serviced regularly! Your furnace is the most important tool you have for keeping your house warm and cozy during the winter months. Make sure that it’s running smoothly by getting it serviced at least once a year. A small investment now will save you from unpleasant surprises in the future.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat! Smart thermostats help you maintain comfortable temperatures in your home without wasting energy or money. You can even set it up to automatically lower the temperature at night and raise it again in the morning, so you’ll never have to worry about being too cold when you wake up.
- Weatherproof your doors and windows! Drafts can sneak in through any small gap, making the entire room colder than it needs to be. Invest in weatherstripping and caulking to seal those gaps and keep the cold out.
- Get a space heater. If some rooms in your home just can’t seem to stay warm no matter what you do, consider getting a space heater. They can help keep small areas warm without increasing your heating bill too much. Note: always follow manufacturers’ instructions when using a space heater in order to ensure safe operation.
By following these tips, you should be able to reduce your energy bills this winter while also keeping your home warm and comfortable. Artisan Electric Inc. is here to help you with all your energy-saving needs by providing a variety of products and services that are sure to meet your needs this season. Contact Artisan Electric Inc. today for more information on how we can assist you in saving money with solar power this winter!