volume 67 - issue 12 - December 2017
Tips to help you save money this winter
One of the key steps to saving energy over the winter months is to know the type of heating system you have and to maintain it properly. Learn more about efficient heating and cooling. Try these additional tips for more ways to help you save energy and money during the winter months.
• Have an energy audit performed on your home to check for air leaks and to check insulation levels. A tight and well-insulated house will make you feel more comfortable and will reduce energy costs. SMECO offers a program that takes a comprehensive look at your home to determine opportunities for savings. Weatherize your home to keep conditioned air in—air leaks are the biggest culprit in making homes uncomfortable—use weather stripping, caulk, spray foam, and clear plastic to seal drafts.
• Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun shine in. Use cellular blinds and insulated curtains.
• Insulate your attic to at least R-38. A clue to know how well insulated your attic is? If snow melts quickly from the roof, you don’t have enough insulation. A Quick Home Energy Check-up will assess insulation levels as part of the walk-through.
Energy use varies based on many factors, including the amount of insulation and the type of heating system in the home. Adjusting your energy use on cold days can help control winter electric bills. Find more ways to save this winter at smeco.coop/save-energy-and-money.