If the demand for heat this winter increases as many energy analysts are predicting, your pocketbook may be taking a hit this season. But never fear! The ReStore team is here with some tips and home hacks that might just save you some green and keep you warm until spring arrives.
- Although it may be tempting to wash your clothes in warm water and get the "fresh out of the dryer" warmth for your clothes and blankets this time of year, you can save money by washing in cold instead of warm or hot water, and air drying your laundry.
- Make sure you're getting the most out of your dishwasher—only run once the unit is completely full, and avoid the pre-rinse cycle.
- Become an energy-saving cook with these tips from Minnesota Energy! (Who knew using the right size pot on a burner can save you as much as $18 annually?!)
Our own Jan Hagerman shared some tips on WCCO's DIY Friday segment.
Some of Jan's helpful to-do's include reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, closing curtains at night, and super-easy ways to add insulation to your windows to keep the heat in!
Extra tip: If drafty windows remain a problem in your home, you pick a replacement window without breaking the budget by shopping at our ReStore outlets.
Water Heating Savings:
- Lower the temperature on your water thermostat—it can save you up to 9% on your water heating costs!
- Even though a nice, long, hot shower might seem like just the ticket after a long work day or week, shortening your showers, especially during the winter months, can save you money in the long run.
- Replace your old water heater unit with an ENERGY STAR® certified model to increase efficiency.
- A tip from EBaum's world: "Wrap your water heater tank in a nice warm blanket. Insulating your water tank, will reduce standby heat losses and save you about 50 percent in water heating costs, and should pay for itself in about a year, according to Energy.gov."
Other simple tips and tricks:
- Place rugs on tiled or hardwood floors to keep your feet warmer during the winter season (yes, this is simple, but every bit helps!)
- Change your air filter.
- Use a programmable thermostat and set it based on your family's heat needs.
We hope you've found some helpful tips for winterizing your home, and that you and your family stay warm and toasty during this Minnesota winter! Remember, a number of items mentioned in this article can be found at your local Twin Cities ReStore in New Brighton or Minneapolis.
Have a tip to share to help winterize your home? Leave us a note in the comments below!