Winter Energy Saving Tips For The Home

The winter season is just around the corner and you are wondering whether or not your house is ready for it yet. As much as winter means skating and snowballs, it is also a season for your home to be ready for warm and relaxation that is brought by the cold breeze. We listed down energy saving tips that can save some of your money during the next 3 to 4 months:

Energy Saving Tips

1. Switch your ceiling fans blade rotation.

I bet you never thought about which direction the span is spinning. Changing the ceiling blade rotation is actually helpful to save you some money. When the ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise, the fan will prevent the rising of the hot air contributing to the warmth of the room.

2. Upgrade your fireplace.

Having a fireplace during the winter is the best place to be especially with the negative temperature outside. Most of the fireplace made before uses wood in the fireplace and costs much higher than the new fireplace. Upgrade your fireplace to an EPA certified model, it will not only conserve energy but also you might even receive a tax credit for it.

3. Let the sunshine it.

Most people do not appreciate the sun as much as they do especially in winter. Take advantage of the warm rays of the sun by letting the heat naturally enter your home by drawing the curtains. Letting the sun in not only makes the room warm but also lighten up the room.

4. Weatherproof your windows.

During winter, you may not notice it but some of the heat inside may go out through the spaces in between the windows or the doors. If you don’t have the budget to upgrade your windows and doors to a weatherproof one. You may opt to buy a clear plastic film or a weather proofer and apply it on the windows and doors. This simple and cheap trick will save about 14% of the heating bill.

5. Get selective with a space heater.

If you found yourself rarely at home, you may invest on a portable space heater and use it on areas where most of the people in the house stay like the living room and bedrooms. The portable space heater is not only keeping you warm, but it also reduces your heating costs.

6. Wear winter clothes.

Winter is not all about the the snow and the cold weather. It is also the time for you to rock some of your winter wardrobe that were only hidden in your cabinet for months and waiting for this season to come. Wearing the appropriate clothes at home during winter also lessens the energy needed as it keeps your body warm without using any electricity. Don’t forget to use your favorite fuzzy socks, matching PJs and your cute earmuffs!

7. Avoid using your exhaust fans.

During winter, it is not ideal to use the exhaust fans at your home. It may have been useful in the previous months but during winter you should turn it off. The exhaust fan may cause heat loss in your home as it pulls the warmth inside your home and bring it outside. Save your kitchen and bedroom exhaust for the seasons after winter.

8. Change the old bulbs with LEDs.

If your home is still not using LED bulbs, then you should make the switch now. Winter is the perfect time to do this because LED lights are known to save much energy than the traditional light bulbs. Aside from lighting up your home, it will also lessen your electricity bill for months.

9. Invest in a good thermostat.

You already have so much spending this holiday, why not spend on a vital part of your home – a smart thermostat. Having a thermostat is not only useful during the winter season but all throughout the year. Knowing the temperature at home can help you determine when you need to open the air conditioner or the heater. It decreases energy use by almost 12%. The optimal temperature at home during winter at home should be around 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

10. Look for Leaks.

Aside from the spaces between the door or window, there are other areas that can cause seepage of heat from gaps around the chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceiling and unfinished spaces in between cupboards and closet. It is important to determine the cause of air leaks so that you can use weather stripper to seal the air leaks.

11. Clean the Air Ducts and Fernace filters.

This is one of the simplest energy-saving tips for winter. Clean the air duct that has been clogged by dirt in previous months. A clogged air duct will prevent the air from coming to and from the house. The furnace filters are advised to be cleaned or replaced monthly especially during the winter season. Like the clogged airduct, a dirty filter blocks the flow of heat and can cause your electricity bill to increase.

Let us know if you tried one of the things on the list and if it works!

Winterizing Your Garden

It’s the start of the cold season and soon enough we’ll be welcoming the snow breeze of winter. Some loves the season, while some don’t because the temperature during this time reaches the temperature as low as 0C or even a negative. Flowers and plants react differently every season, how can we help them get ready for the heavy snow?  

Seasons in the UK

In the United Kingdom, there are four seasons that happens in a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring starts at March, April, and ends on May. The hot summer then follows on June, July and ends at August. The beach and pool are popular during this season to beat the summer heat. The cold breeze starts again on Autumn at the month of September, October and ends in November. Autumn is usually the best season to travel and go around the country as it is not too cold nor too hot. Finally, the winter season starts, and everyone are getting ready to put up their Christmas decors. Expect to experience extreme cold and snow. This is the time where everyone can play with the snow and go ice skating or skiing.

Preparing for Wintering

If you are a green-thumb or your work or business is related to the garden, then you are probably familiar with winterizing. For some, this might be a new thing. Winterizing means that that you are preparing something, specifically your garden, in the cold weather.  This is done to reduce the amount of work that you will face during the cold season itself. Here’s a few things you should take note of:

Clean-up Rotting and Finished Plants

Seeing the dead plants on your backyard is not only an eyesore but it can also be a source of disease or illnesses. Old plants are capable of harboring disease, pests and funguses that once you come in contact with can cause you to become ill. Remove the plants from the soil surface and bury them in the garden trenches, this helps prevent pests from laying their eggs on it. It is also an added fertilizer for your healthy plants, improving the overall soil quality and health.

Remove the Weeds

Weeds grow everywhere. This is the best time to deal with them as these invasive weeds harms your garden. Removing them is the only way to prevent them from sprouting all over again on your garden and disrupting it.

Prepare the Soil

Autumn is the great time to dig in the soil amendments like the compost, kelp, manure and even rock phosphate. Adding these serves as nutrients for the soil, enriching it and making the soil ready for when the garden dries out on winter for the first time after a long time. You can also toil the soil to improve the drainage before the sudden changes in the temperature when winter comes. Cover the bed after with a sheet of plastic to protect them from the winter rains that might come. The rain washes away the compost and lessens its effectiveness. Remove it when the spring comes.

Plant Cover Crops

Crops that are ideal for the season are rye, vetch and clover because these crops can prevent the soil erosions cause by the extreme cold weather. It also increases the amount of organic matter in the soil and also serves as the soil’s food. Legume, on one hand, are known to increase the level of the available nitrogen for the vegetables in your garden. Make sure to plant these crops at least a month prior to the first frost.

Plant your Bulbs

Planting bulbs is not really easy, and many gardeners are having a hard time planting them because the soil may be too hard, or they never got the plant it deep enough. Plant them before winter starts and deep enough to have a good protection for the winter and for them to bloom wonderfully when spring comes.

Water is your Plant’s Best Friend

Before the pipes gets ice-cold why not give your plants water? Do this on the new trees, shrubs and even perennials. This extra help will help your plants bear with the cold ground. For better timing, water them a week or two prior to a snow or frost forecast. After using the hose, make sure that they are empty and there is no water left in the gardening supplies to prevent them from getting freeze and damage by the cold.

Winter Jacket

People are not the only ones who wear a jacket! Winter jackets are made to protect the trees and other plants from the harsh wind brought about by the weather. There are two types of the jacket: Fleece and cones. They are put over the plant. Don’t forget to secure them properly so they will not blow off during the most frigid days.

Clean your Garden tools

Keep your tools clean and well-oiled all throughout the year. This is the best season to take care of these tools as you can’t use them most of the months because of the extreme weather. Begin cleaning by washing of the debris and dust off the tools. If rusts are present, use a sandpaper to remove it or a chemical remover and spray it all over the tool. Remove the debris of the rust and apply light machine oil on them to seal the metal oxygen and extend the lifespan of your tools.