If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather so far this winter - until the last week or so - you're not alone. I've heard several people say they put off the annual chores of preparing their home for winter.
While we've been in a bit of cold snap lately, the good news is there's still time to create a cozy, cost-efficient home for the coldest part of winter that is still to come. Bundling up your house provides a warm and comfortable experience and, perhaps most importantly, saves you money on your energy bills.
Looking for a place to start? Here are a few affordable and easy tips, and you can find more tips on our website.
1. Install a smart thermostat. Get a $50 rebate.
Program your thermostat to match your schedule by setting it no higher than 68 degrees when at home and 60 degrees when away or sleeping. Visit csu.org to learn more about our $50 rebate on smart thermostats purchased after Nov. 1, 2017.
2. Keep your air filters clean.
Dirty air filters make your furnace work harder than it should. Check your filter every 30 days and change if needed.
3. Seal leaks and insulate.
Save up to 20% on heating bills by caulking around windows, weather-stripping around doors and properly insulating your attic. The recommended insulation level for most attics is 12 to 15 inches depending on the insulation type.
4. Tune up your furnace.
Your furnace is like your car. It requires regular maintenance and repairs. An annual furnace checkup will ensure it is running efficiently. Contact a qualified heating contractor to perform the work.
The weather looks like it's going to turn colder again on Sunday, so use the next few days to batten down the hatches around your home to save energy!