Colder weather can cause spikes in energy bill costs, but following some of these tips can help you save some money while also staying warm.
Feel around your house and find drafty doors or windows. Drafts keep your house from reaching the temperature that you’ve set, therefore keeping the heat on longer and costing you more money. Windows can be insulated using insulation kits and door-bottom stoppers keep drafts from coming through doorways. Both can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot or online on Amazon. These are easy to install and can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Did you know that in the state of Wisconsin, landlords are required to meet certain weatherization standards for properties they own? Windows must be double-glazed or equipped with storm windows. Other requirements are in place for patio doors, weatherstripping, caulking, and more. If your rental property is not up to code, you have the legal right to request window insulation from your landlord at no additional cost to you.
If no one is going to be home, set the thermostat at a lower temperature. There’s no need to keep the house warmer if it is going to be unoccupied. Letting in sunlight also helps to keep rooms warmer so don’t hesitate to open up those blinds! Finally, as you get into the holiday spirit, be sure that any lights you use are LED and not incandescent lighting. LED lights use at least 75% less energy than older lights so keep that in mind when you’re decorating your home.
Find more information about the Wisconsin Rental Weatherization program. Following these tips can keep you warm while helping reduce costs!