It is now November, the sun drops a little earlier, the cold is starting to creep in. Daylight savings time has turned our clocks back and the holidays are quickly approaching, we all know the truth...
Winter is coming and bringing with its cold weather, drafty days, and the vaunted possibility of snowfall.
At Lumina Solar we want to provide you with very real Home Energy hacks to make sure you are prepared for the cold months ahead.
The average energy usage increases as much as 40% during the winter in the mid-Atlantic.
It is not your imagination that your electric bill shot up this month. In fact, in Maryland, the average electric usage goes up by an average of 28% from November through March. In Pennsylvania, it is even higher nearly 31%.
How to "hack" it? A lot of little things can go a long way in reducing your bills.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs.
LED bulbs use 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and typically last 10 times longer. A double-dip of savings for the traditional homeowner.
- Set your thermostat to a solid temperature.
Energy Star recommends 68 degrees is the best temperature during the winter months. This could save homeowners nearly 10%.
- Close vents in rooms that are not used.
Most traditional forced-air furnaces use ductwork throughout your home to disperse heat. Closing vents to rooms that are not used all the time can force the air into more occupied rooms, making your furnace work smarter not harder.
- Purchase Thermal Curtains.
Many manufacturers now make curtains with insulating properties. Adding these to your home can make it much easier to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
- Use space heaters in heavily populated areas of your home.
Using space heaters to keep certain rooms warmer allows your furnace to work less to maintain the temperature in your home.
These are just a few easy fixes to help you through the upcoming colder months.
Or, You could always Go Solar!
Higher Electric Bills? - NOPE
Worried about the thermostat? - NOPE
Left the lights on? - NOPE
That makes Going Solar the ultimate hack when it comes to saving money on high electric bills. Going Solar allows you the luxury of knowing that the power you are creating with your home is what you are using, all while saving up to 100% of electric bills every single month, all year long.