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Tips for Improving Winter Energy Efficiency

In today’s world, everyone is increasingly environmentally and cost conscious, which we consider a very good thing! Saving money and the environment? Sounds like a good plan to us! Working towards that goal on a daily basis means one thing and one thing only, you need to make your home more energy efficient. In the winter this can be difficult. Temperatures plummet and all you want to do is crank up the heater.  That will hurt not just your wallet, but the environment as well. We have put together a few tips for easily and quickly improving your home energy efficiency.

Improve Insulation

Insulation is your best way to fight heat loss in the winter, and fighting heat loss is the best way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. The best part of improving insulation is that it will help your home run more efficiently during the summer as well. Pay close attention to the insulation in your attic. Warm air rises, so if you attic is not properly insulated, that could be a huge problem. You can also improve insulation by adding weather stripping to doors and windows.

Extra Tips and Tricks

Another great way to keep warm air from escaping your home is reversing your ceiling fans. Most modern ceiling fans will come with a button for this, so it is no work at all. A ceiling fan running clockwise will push warm air down in to the room, keeping it from rising and drifting away like it normally does. You can also invest in a humidifier. This is particularly effective in the desert where there air is naturally very dry. Moist air not only feels warmer, it actually holds heat better as well. Alternative, you can consider buy some houseplants which will natural add humidity to the air.

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