10 Energy Conservation Tips for Winter in MA & CT
This year, most everyone is looking for ways to save a little extra on energy bills. Try out these suggestions to reduce your winter spending on heating bills in Massachusetts or Connecticut while keeping your home cozy no matter what Mother Nature has in store.
How to Ensure Quality Home Comfort This Season for a Great Price
Use water appliances wisely.
Your hot water heater works overtime during the cold months. Help lighten the load; the more dishes and clothes you fill these appliances with, the more efficient each cycle will be. For additional savings, implement the “cold water” setting to save energy and extend the lifespan of your clothing.
Be mindful of blinds and curtains.
Keep blinds on south-facing windows open during the day so that the sun can naturally raise your home's indoor temperature. Just make sure you close them at night for an extra barrier against the evening chill.
Book your heating tune-up.
Regularly maintain your boiler or furnace to optimize its efficiency and reduce your fuel use. Maintenance from the Noonan Energy team can significantly lower your oil heating bills, boost system efficiency, and prevent minor issues from becoming major ones down the road.
Break out the sweater and wool socks.
If you’re on the fence about whether you need to turn up the heat, add a warm layer first. Warm slippers, socks, and sweaters are perfect for the season and can really step up your comfort before your heating system has to.
Seal air leaks and drafts.
Check windows and doors for any air leaks or drafts. If you find any, seal them up with weather stripping or caulk to prevent precious heat from escaping outside.
Upgrade to high-efficiency equipment.
Heating technology is constantly improving. A new high-efficiency oil boiler or gas furnace will use your fuel more efficiently, help reduce your carbon footprint, and will be less likely to break down.
Use power strips to combat phantom power costs.
Electronics use small amounts of power while on standby. Unplug these electronics when not in use, or plug them into a power strip and turn it off. The savings will be sure to add up over time!
Adjust your water heater.
Turning your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees) can help save energy without affecting the hot showers you love.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable and smart thermostats are small devices that deliver big savings. Set your thermostat to drop a few degrees while you’re asleep or at work, so you are only using heating fuel when your family is home and awake to enjoy the warmth.
Close the fireplace flue.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, your chimney can be guilty of unseen drafts. Always keep your fireplace damper closed unless you are burning a fire.
Ready to Save? Noonan Energy Can Help
At Noonan Energy, we provide a variety of products and services to help you save, including reliable Bioheat® fuel delivery, dependable comfort services, payment plans, and more. If you have any questions about these energy-saving tips or would like to learn more about how our team of drivers and HVAC technicians can help you save on your energy bills, contact us today. A customer service representative will be more than happy to speak with you.