Winter is fast-approaching, and with it comes cold weather. Homeowners are lighting fires and weatherizing windows and doors to keep the cold out. These are only a few ways you can save energy this winter.
Your Most Efficient Fire
Save energy this winter by burning an efficient fire.
- When you burn properly seasoned wood, you will have a warm, clean burn. Burning fresh, or green, wood will produce more soot and creosote, drop efficiency in your chimney system, and even take twice as much wood to reach the same temperature.
- Schedule a chimney sweep so that a professional can clean the soot and creosote from your chimney system.
- Make sure that your chimney is in working order by having it inspected annually.
Your Energy-Saving Cap
Instead of a metal throat damper, have a top-sealing damper installed. This damper, also called an energy-saving damper or cap, is installed on the top of the flue. When it’s open it functions like a cap, and when it’s closed, it closes with a tight seal so no air gets in or out. This damper should not be closed while a fire is burning because it won’t let the carbon monoxide and smoke escape. However, when the fire is out, this damper will close tightly and prevent any cold drafts from coming into your house. These energy-saving dampers save homeowners money during the winter and summer!
Clean Your Dryer Vent
The average homeowner never gives the dryer vent a second thought after the appliance is initially installed. When the dryer becomes less efficient and needs two to three cycles to dry a load of clothes, we assume it’s just worn out. This couldn’t be more wrong. A dryer that is less than three years old should not take more than one cycle to dry a load of clothes. If it does, the dryer vent needs to be cleaned. Using a dryer with a clogged dryer vent uses two to three times more electricity to dry one load of clothes, and shortens the life of your appliance by three to five years! Anderson’s cleans dryer vents year round, saving customers money, and preventing fires.
Utilize Zone Heating
Use your heat appliances to utilize zone heating in your home. Only heat the areas that the family uses the most. To do this efficiently, turn down the thermostat to a tolerable level, and then use your heat appliances to heat the rooms you most use. Gas appliances are great for zone heating.
Use Ceiling Fans Correctly
If you use ceiling fans in your home, make sure they are moving in the right direction. There should be a switch near the main body of the fan that will change the direction of the fan blades. During winter the fan should push the warm air at the ceiling down to the floor. If you’re using a ceiling fan in the same room as your chimney, put it on a low setting so it doesn’t affect your chimney’s draft.
For more energy saving tips, check out these 10 tips from Energy.gov.