Winter months mean you’re spending more time indoors. Keep utility costs down and conserve energy without sacrificing your comfort. Implementing these small adjustments can make all the difference.
The smart thermostats that come with your Elara home regulate the heating and cooling system in an energy efficient way. You can set up your smart thermostat to decrease the temperature at night or when you’re away. When it’s time for bed, use a heated blanket or dress in layers rather than crank up the heat.
Take advantage of good old-fashioned solar power on sunny days. Open curtains on sunny days to let the light in, but as soon as the sun starts setting, pull the curtains closed to help retain warm arm. For extra insulation (and a little extra sound-proofing), try quilted curtains.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan blades to rotate clockwise. The updraft that creates will help circulate warm air back into the room (especially helpful if you have a fireplace).
With fewer hours of daylight, we’re using more electricity to stay out of the dark. Save where you can by using LED bulbs in all lamps and light sources. Light candles or start the fireplace for a serene atmosphere.
Improve air flow by keeping air vents open and clear of curtains, rugs, or furniture. (In fact, blocked vents can be a potential fire hazard, so keeping them free of obstruction is always a good idea.)
Change HVAC filters as often as every 30 days depending on your lifestyle. Use high quality filters to help maintain the longevity of the HVAC system.
Prevent chilly air (and insects!) from coming under the door with a weighted draft stopper. You can even DIY your own with a fabric of your choice and dried beans or rice.
Use a toaster oven or air fryer to cook small meals faster and more energy-efficiently than your full-size oven.
Let the cold work for you, and give your fridge a break. Make hot food cool down naturally before storing it in the refrigerator, so the refrigerator isn’t working as hard.