19 Nov 2017
Winter is Coming
The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, and the sun is setting a lot earlier. Yep, winter is closing in, and as a homeowner in Colorado, it’s smart to start preparing.
As a Reunion resident, you live in a community where the homes are well-built to withstand the unpredictable winter weather every year. But you may be interested in controlling heating costs with a few simple winterizing tips and tricks. If you put the work in now, you’ll save money all winter long.
Replace Air Filters
Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Changing them once a month can reduce your heating cost by 5%. We highly recommend genuine HEPA filters, which also remove at least 99.7% of airborne particles.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
While most standard water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, most households don’t need that much heat. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (or even lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6-10%.
Adjust the Thermostat
Don’t waste heat when you’re not around. Set your thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees while home and then turn it down to 58 degrees when you leave. You can make this process easier with a programmable thermostat – and save up to $180 a year with one.
Insulate Your Windows
Window insulation kits only cost a few dollars and if they’re properly installed, they’re essentially invisible. The insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of the windows.
Plug Up the Chimney
Your chimney can be a huge source of heat loss on cold winter days. If you’re not actively using it, plug it up with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat in.
Hopefully these tips will help keep the cold out, the cozy in, and your energy bill low this winter. Stay warm!