At Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, we’re all about saving money. In fact, we often have to get creative to think of new ways to stretch every dollar that we raise. But when it gets this cold outside, one of the best ways to save money is fairly obvious, and that’s to reduce your heating bill. Here are five of our favorite energy-saving tips:
- Turn down the temperature of your hot water heater. Read the owner’s manual for your hot water heater to find out how to properly adjust the temperature. Chances are it’s hotter than it needs to be anyways.
- Adjust the thermostat while you’re gone. Programmable thermostats are great for letting the house stay cooler while you’re away or asleep. But even if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can still adjust the temperature setting before you leave the house or go to bed.
- Open the blinds. Open your window blinds or shades during the day, and let the sunlight heat your house naturally. It won’t do any good to keep your window coverings closed during the day.
- Change your furnace filter regularly. If you don’t change your furnace filter once a month, maybe you should reconsider. It takes more energy to pull air through a clogged filter. Keep it clean to keep your energy bill down.
- Keep your garage door down. If you have an attached garage, keep the door closed as much as possible. A warm garage will help keep your house warm as well.
Looking for some other great ways to save money with your home? Check out the great collection of items at the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Items are donated and reused with proceeds benefitting Lake Agassiz Habitat. What’s not to love? Learn more at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.