The harder the cold winter wind blows the higher your utility bill rises to keep your home warm during the winter. Winterizing your home will help lower your cost for energy in addition to helping the environment by reducing the amount of fossil fuels consumed this winter. If you are truly dedicated to saving the planet, you will not only winterize your home but you will learn how to winterize the green way. Eco-friendly winterization techniques help improve the energy efficiency of your home by using green methods to winterize and protect your home from the frosty fingers of winter. Therefore, in addition to adding a few layers of clothing to keep warm, try these eco-friendly ideas to winterize your home.
Apply weather stripping to all doors and windows – Leaks around doors and windows increase your utility bill and waste precious energy. Weather stripping is an easy, inexpensive way to winterize your home. If you truly want to go green, try the Windjammer Foam Weatherstripping. It provides better winterization than ordinary weather stripping and lasts much longer meaning less waste.
Insulate your hot water heater – Hot water heaters are like monsters eating up a large amount of energy – especially during the winter months when we use more hot water for showers and baths. Insulating your hot water heater is a simple, eco-friendly way to winterize your home. Consider turning the temperature down a few degrees to save even more energy.
Make your fireplace eco-friendly with green products – Use green, eco-friendly products with your fireplace to create more heat and use less fuel. EcoBricks are made from compressed sawdust or woodchips and burn hotter and longer than traditional wood logs. The EcoFire Super-Grate helps reduce fireplace-related pollution while producing more heat.
Change furnace filters – Dirty furnace filters restrict airflow and increase energy consumption. During the winter months, change the furnace filter once a month or consider switching to a permanent filter to reduce waste as well. My husband never can remember to change the furnace filter; therefore, I began placing the filter in front of the door on the 1st day of each month. There was no way he could get out without picking it up and since it only takes a minute or two he does it right then.
Use Ceiling Fans – Some people think that ceiling fans are only useful during the warm summer months. However, running a ceiling fan during the winter can cut your energy costs and reduce the waste of fossil fuels. Simply switch the rotation of the ceiling fan to clockwise so draw warm air that rises back down into the room.