We have officially entered the dreaded winter months. Luckily, winter days in the south is not nearly as unpleasant as the north. For those days when we do reach freezing or below, I want to share with you some helpful tips to combat the cold and winterize your home. It will save you some money along the way too!
Insulate the Pipes
It is common knowledge to leave the faucets dripping when the cold hits, but there’s an easier way to avoid the frozen pipes. By insulating your pipes, you not only help decrease the chance of the pipes freezing, but you also will pay less for hot water. I recommend stopping by your local hardware store and pick up some pre-slit pipe foam, and then cut them to the desirable size depending on length of your pipes.
Turn Down the Water Heater
Turn down the what? You heard us. I recommend turning down the water heater for the winter months. Typical water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit by the installers. By lowering it to 120 or lower, it helps to save you water heating cost by 6 to 10 percent, and it decreases your chance of being scalded by extremely hot water.
Consider the Thermostat
When you leave for work, remember to turn down the thermostat. This will not only prevent the heater from working over time when no one is at home, but it will also save you about 1 to 3 percent on the heating bill for every degree that is lowered. For those who have a hard time remembering to change the thermostat, there are programmable thermostats for as little as $50.
Change the Filters
This maybe the most simple task, but it can also be easily forgotten. I recommend changing your air filter at least once a month in the winter. This will not only increase the efficiency of the heater, but it will also help the quality of airflow in your home, which will save you money as well.
Wear a Sweater
Cozy up in a sweater can actually save you money. Each degree on the thermostat is costing you money. On average, a light sweater can add up to 2 degrees of warmth, whereas a heavy sweater can add up to 4 degrees of warmth. So even if you happen to be inside, keep those cute or ugly sweaters on and start saving!
I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for the winter months. Please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you have additional tips or if you found these tips to be useful. We would love to hear your feedback! And if you are looking for more ways to save time and simplify your life, check out our website, we would love to assist you with any moving needs.