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Save Energy This Winter - 12 Green Living Tips

Implement these 12 great Green Tips that will help you prepare for this winter and save lots of money and maintenance costs.

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Would you like to save some energy this winter? We all know that prior to the winter weather approaching, we should do chores around the house to prepare for the bad weather.

I'm talking about different things than the normal yard cleanup and garage cleaning. These tips are geared to save you some green by being green.

Save Energy This Winter - Tip #1:

As the temperature drops and especially when it becomes sub-zero, the pressure in your tires will go down because cool air takes up less room than hot or warm air.

Be sure to check all your tires on all your cars and bring them up to specified pressures to save gas and wear on your tires. While you are at it, have you rotated your tires lately?

Here is a hint for you too: If you fill your tires with nitrogen, you will get greater fuel economy and one of the great things about nitrogen is the pressure in your tires will hardly vary at all with temperature swings.

Save Energy This Winter - Consider Nitrogen Tire Inflation to Gain Gas Milage

Save Energy This Winter - Consider Nitrogen Tire Inflation to Gain Gas Milage


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #2:

Here’s a great way to save some energy this winter. We all dread this job, but your forced air furnace should get some attention before you start to use it this winter.

More to the point, it needs to be cleaned and have a filter change. There is a lot of air that passes through a furnace during the course of a year, so you should change filters often.

An even better green tip? Purchase a reusable filters to some some cash and reduce the amount of waste you create.

Now, if you have a central humidification system, be sure to clean the lime and buildup off the brushes and thoroughly clean the basket and check that it fills properly.

Adjust the humidistat to meet your personal comfort zone. Average humidity in the winter is best to keep above 30%, but keep an eye on your windows for moisture buildup. If you have a gas furnace, it should be inspected by a heating contractor or professional inspector..

Save Energy This Winter - Duct Clean For Your Health and It Saves Energy

Save Energy This Winter - Duct Clean For Your Health and It Saves Energy


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #3:

While we are talking about furnace work, let’s talk about ducts. If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned for a while, or more commonly ever, hire a good duct cleaning service.

They will get your ducts squeaky clean and disinfect them to eliminate allergens that reside in your heating and cooling systems.

Also make sure that all of your return air and supply air registers are open and operational.


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #4:

Another great way to save energy this winter is to check of all your windows and doors.

Is there any caulking that is cracked or chipped? Are any pieces missing from your hardware? If so, clean the old caulk out and replace with new caulking.

A tremendous amount of air can come through a small area, so fixing these issues will save major money on your heating bill.

Save Energy This Winter - Install a Fireplace Insert To Save Energy

Save Energy This Winter - Install a Fireplace Insert To Save Energy


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #5:

If you have a typical fireplace you should consider getting an insert. A typical wood fired fireplace loses a great deal more energy than it supplies.

Good inserts are very efficient and you will save energy this winter by using one.

Cotton Insulation

Save Energy This Winter - Vacuum Your Refrigerator Coils and Clean Them


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #6:

Roll out your refrigerator and use a vacuum cleaner to clean all the crud from the coils.

Wipe them down with a soapy solution and then with clean water.

This will keep your air circulation at optimum levels and your compressor running efficiently.

Save Energy This Winter - Tip #7:

Next, let’s go into the Laundry Room. Disconnect your vent and clean the pipe thoroughly.

Also remove the vent cover on the exterior of your home and clean it out.

Now remove the lint trap and clean that thoroughly too. You should clean your lint trap after every use and your exterior vent cover at least a few times a year to save energy. It will take less time to dry when things aren’t all clogged up with lint.


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #8:

Check your windows. Are they thermal-pane or sealed units? You can tell by looking between the glass panels and you should see a vinyl, wood or metal separator the runs the perimeter of the window.

If you have these windows, you are probably in pretty good shape, as outside air isn’t making its way into your home.

If you have the extra cash, invest in highly-efficient windows with an Energy Star rating. You will have a high payback and you can also take advantage of the Energy Tax Credit that is available for energy renovations for existing homes.

Don’t forget to check out programs in your state, local and your utility companies for additional tax breaks. This is one of the best ways to save energy this winter.

Check out our page on Energy Tax Credits.

Save Energy This Winter - Tip #9:

Here’s a great green tip for you, if your exterior doors are old and leaky, now may be the time for a replacement.

The pre-hung doors are hard to beat. They are very energy efficient, have great weatherstripping, a good threshold joint and can be easily installed in an afternoon.

This is one of the biggest energy hogs outside of poor windows and uninsulated walls and attics.

Save Energy This Winter - Tip #10:

Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts of any leaves and debris they may have gotten into them.

If you have ice dams in the winter, consider the installation of commercial quality heat tapes in trouble areas.

You will want to run heat tapes on the roof, in your gutters, and down the downspouts to provide a clear path for the melted water to run.


Save Energy This Winter - Tip #11:

If you water heater is older and not so energy efficient, look into a water heater insulation jacket.

This will pay for itself in no-time and you just may stop so much complaining about being out of hot water after you teenager takes a shower.

Conserving hot water is a great way to save energy this winter.

Save Energy This Winter - Tip #12:

If you have ceiling fans, an often overlooked item is the direction of air flow. The flow needs to be reversed in the winter. Turn on the fan and stand under it.

If you feel a downward breeze, the fan needs to be reversed.

This will draw warm air up and keep the air circulated by washing the outside walls with warm air. Doing this will make you much more comfortable this winter.

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