Here are five great tips that will help keep your home warm and save on energy costs this winter:

1. Use the earth as a natural heater. While it’s best to close south-facing windows in the summertime to keep sunlight out, if you open them in winter, the natural sunlight will help heat your home.

2. Insulate your home’s north-facing windows. Use heavy window treatments or insulated window treatments to keep the air from inside and the air from outside separate.

3. Check your heating unit. Dirt and a lack of maintenance are the two most common reasons heating units fail. Before it starts getting heavy usage, have it serviced and change its filters.

“By turning down your thermostat at night, you can save 10% to 15% in yearly heating costs.”

4. Turn down your thermostat. Statistics show that by turning your heating unit down 10 to 15 degrees once you’re in bed and under warm covers, you can save as much as 10% to 15% in yearly heating costs. Better yet, buy and install a programmable thermostat.

5. Don’t heat unused space. If you have a guest room or a basement no one ever uses, seal that space off so it’s not getting heated when not in use.

If you have any more real estate questions or you’d like more tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient this winter, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help you.