The summer is officially over, and you may be looking at ways to reduce heating costs in winter. Energy bills can get expensive, but there are a few simple solutions to reduce costs and still keep your home temps comfortable. Here are a few simple ways to reduce your winter heating bill, starting with solar window film for insulation.
Five Tips to Reduce Winter Heating Costs
Install Solar Window Film
Imagine increasing monthly energy savings by simply installing insulating window film or energy-saving solar film. Nothing in a typical window prevents heat from escaping through the glass. Residential solar window film can improve the insulating properties of windows by up to 92 percent, helping to keep heat inside. Heating costs can be reduced by keeping more heat in during the winter. 3M™ Window Films can help insulate your windows against excessive heat and cold, so you can enjoy the beauty of natural light in comfort, all year round.
Reduce Water Heater Temp
Lowering the water heater’s temperature to around 120 degrees can reduce heating costs without affecting the water’s quality. For every 10° drop in temperature, between 3 and 5% of energy can be saved. Once lowered, make sure the water temperature is between 120 and 130 degrees to avoid bacteria. Also, turn off the water heater completely when going away for a long time.
Use Ceiling Fans & Vents Efficiently
When used correctly, vents can help keep your home comfortable, but when used incorrectly, they can drain energy. A powerful heating vent can circulate a lot of hot air in an hour. Close the vent once the room is warm. Close the vents in any rooms that aren’t in use at the time. A ceiling fan is another useful tool. Others have instructions for both summer and winter use. Typically, a fan rotates counterclockwise in the summer, pushing cool air downward, and clockwise in the winter, pushing warm air upward.
Install Heater & Pipe Insulation
If your water heater is in a cool place, like the garage, and doesn’t already have an insulator, consider buying an insulated water heater jacket. Consider it for pipes, also. If the pipes are not insulated, first consult the manufacturer, then wrap them in heat tape with a thermostat, foam, or fiberglass. Heat loss is reduced by controlling the temperature.
Seal Off Air Leaks
Cool air entry points in the winter drive up monthly energy costs. Fortunately, finding and fixing leaks is simple and can save money monthly and reduce heating costs in winter. For example, the most common leak occurs around doorframes. Add weather stripping or remove the casing and add a foam sealant between the door and the house frame to stop the leak. Examine common areas like window frames for leaks
Clear View’s window film options include insulating window film, which can help you save money over time. Contact a representative today.