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Winter Energy-Saving Tips in Olympia, WA

January 25, 2019

We can be lucky in Olympia to not always get snowed in the way some parts of the country do, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get cold. When the winter season arrives, the heat must come on. But heat is not free. Some people pay for their heat through natural gas with an HVAC system, while others use ductless heating. Regardless of which system you use, there are a few ways you can save some money when it comes to heating your home in the winter.

Use Your Windows Wisely


If you have any windows in your home with southern exposure, let sunlight in during the day. Sunlight streaming through windows is a source of heat, warming up those rooms they enter. You can cut down on the amount of powered heating you use by naturally warming certain parts of your home, and it is a great way to save some money. For people who are actually at home, during the day, this is a great way to stay warm without turning up the heat.

Insulate Your Windows


You should also look at how energy efficient your windows are. One way to pay less on heat is to upgrade your windows and frames to modern, energy efficient models. Though this is a more costly solution, it will save you in the long run. A less expensive alternative is to buy seasonal window insulation kits. These are thin sheets of plastic stretched across windows to provide an insulating layer of air that prevents drafts from coming in and cooling down your rooms, and they also keep warm air in.

Don’t Heat Every Room


Not heating every room is another effective solution, and this is one of the many substantial advantages to having a ductless heating system. If you don't need every room in your home to be heated because people aren't using those rooms, don't heat them! Ductless heating allows homeowners to heat only the rooms they want to, which makes a pretty big difference in energy expenditures.

You'll also notice a measurable impact on energy bills if you're not heating rooms for days or even weeks at a time during winter. If that home office isn't going to go into heavy usage until spring arrives again, why spend money heating it?

Lower the Temperature at Night


Another thing that can make a massive difference when it comes to your energy bills is the amount of time you spend keeping a building at lower temperatures. An adequate decrease in temperatures for eight hours every day has a significant impact.

So at night, when most rooms are going to be unoccupied anyway, try lowering the temperature. If you’ve invested in warm comforters for bed, you’re not going to notice the difference while you’re asleep, but you’ll see it with the lower bills you get at the end of the month.

Prepare for Winter Now


We're ready to help you during the coldest season of the year. Contact us for more information or a free consultation if you want to stay warm this winter, with more energy efficiency, control over your environment, and lower bills.


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