(KPLR) - The weather this year has been unpredictable. It feels like spring, then winter again. The inevitable is here and the colder air is going to settle in.
Taylor Reich from the Home Depot shared some tips on how to keep warm and keep your energy bills lower this winter.
1. Install an energy efficient water heater. Make sure you have the hot water you need this winter and save on energy costs with hybrid electric water heaters.
2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting consumes nearly 15 percent of a household’s energy use. This simple switch can quickly add up in savings.
3. Change your air filters every three months. It only takes a few minutes to change a home’s air filters to lower energy costs and prolong the life of the heating and cooling system. A small investment now means big long term savings on repair costs.
4. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Give your heating and cooling units a break by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. With installation time under 30 minutes, this is a perfect project for anyone who wants a quick solution to reducing energy costs.
5. Seal from the outside in. Caulking around windows and doors is an affordable and simple project for DIYers looking to increase the energy efficiency of their home.