Winter in Indianapolis, IN has settled in and is here to stay for several more months. While the winter season is celebrated for the holidays, sweaters and scarves, and cozy nights curled up by the fire, this blustery season also brings along with it higher heating costs. Following these 5 simple steps will help to ensure your Indianapolis, IN home is as energy efficient as possible.
- Turn it downOne of the most obvious ways to keep heating costs low is to turn down your thermostat, especially when you aren’t home or are sleeping. While sleeping or at work keep your thermostat below 65 degrees. You will actually get a better night’s sleep and prolong the life of your refrigerator. If you leave town for a few days you can safely set your thermostat as low as 55 degrees without your pipes freezing. You can save approximately 1 percent on your energy bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.
- VentsMake sure to keep your vents clear and if possible not blocked by furniture or rugs. This will keep your furnace from working overtime. If you have rooms you don’t use close the vents and shut the door.
- FireplaceWhen not using your fireplace be sure to keep the damper closed. All of the heat being sucked out the damper can add up to hundreds of dollars in energy costs each winter.
- Drafty Windows and DoorsYou can check for drafts in your Indianapolis, IN home by holding a candle near the frame to the door or window and watching to see if it flickers. Use rubber weatherstripping for large areas and use caulk for smaller areas to seal up any leaks. Underneath your doors a rolled up towel or draft snake will help keep the cold air outside.
- Get CozyIt’s as simple as lowering the thermostat and putting on some more layers. A sweater and some cozy wool socks will keep you nice and toasty this winter season.
We hope you enjoy this winter season and can take advantage of some of these tips for your home. Should you decide you want to replace your drafty home with a more energy efficient model we’d love to help you find a new home in Indianapolis, IN. Please contact a Indianapolis, IN real estate agent when you are ready to start the process. We hope to speak with you soon and to earn your business!