It's wintertime in Maine. It's cold. If you're like us, you probably have your heat blaring so it's toasty and warm inside your humble abode when you return from a hard day's work, school, or whatever it is that you do! Still, we understand the importance of coming home to a warm house/apartment when temperatures plummet. Unfortunately, heating a living space has become more and more pricey over the years, especially considering we live in a climate where heat is often times necessary for 4-6 months out of the year. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of energy savings tips that can potentially help you cut down on your monthly heating costs. Here's a few simple ways that you can save on energy costs this year without sacrificing heat.
Adjust Your Doors
The doors that lead inside your house are designed to be air tight, but over time your doors can end up being one of the biggest culprits of heat loss in the winter. Instead of cranking up the heat, take a look and see if there is any light coming in at the bottom of your doorframe. A little light is okay, but if there is a significant amount of light coming through, it is probable that you are losing precious heat in those cracks. Adjust the door with the frame and you'll notice that your rooms will stay warmer, longer.
Insulate Your Attic Door
If you've got a door to your attic, make sure you cover it with insulation! Many attics doors are left without an insulation cover and it allows heat to sneak out easily. Remember, heat rises so any way you can keep the heat from moving out of your rooms and through your roof is worthwhile.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
If you aren't home, you should be locking your doors and windows regardless, however, when you are home, it wouldn't be a bad idea to lock your windows or doors either. No, not because we're concerned someone might break in while you are home, but because locking your windows and doors will create a tighter seal and keep your hear from escaping through the cracks.
Clear Your Vents
For whatever reason, we find that home owners tend to put furniture on top of their heating vents, which slows down air flow. Instead of covering up the vent, move your furniture a few inches one way and allows the air to flow through. Sure, it may throw off your overall scheme of the room, but in return, you'll get a better heated area!
Purchase a Space Heater
If you live in a rather large house, or an apartment with only one heater in the unit, it can be a daunting task trying to heat an entire living space. Instead of blasting the heat, consider purchasing an inexpensive space heater that is able to warm the smaller rooms in the house. We wouldn't advise running it all day, but it's a great way to heat your bedroom at night without having to turn up your heat and using up oil/wood. Smaller units generally don't raise your electric bill a great deal either, so you'll able to stay warm without having to burn through gallons of oil, or many cords of wood.
While we know wintertime can be difficult in colder regions (like Maine), we hope you try these tips and tricks! We've found they work for us!
-The Taconnet Team