As it starts to get colder outside, keeping your home comfortable and warm can be costly.  Here are a  few tips that can help keep your energy costs down this winter!

1.  Put your ceiling fans in reverse.  When you have your fan going counter-clockwise, it produces a nice cool breeze. When you have it moving clockwise it will help circulate the warm air without cooling it.  Some reports have shown you can save up to 10% on your energy use just by doing this simple thing.

2. Check for drafts.   Drafts can cause you to loose a lot of the warm air you're paying to put in your home.   Check around doors and windows.   Caulking, putting a towel down around drafty doors,  or even installing storm doors can help reduce cool air drafts.  Plastic liners or even bubble wrap can help insulate older windows (if you don't mind it looking a little funny).

3.Lower your water heater's temperature:  Most water heaters come with a default setting of 140 degrees, and a lot of households don't need it set that high.  Reducing it to 120 degrees can help save 6% - 10% of your energy costs.

4. Adust your thermostat when you're not home.   Lowering the temperature while you're at work, and maybe even at night when you sleep can help save some green on your bills.

5.  If you have an older home, it may be time to check your insulation.  Over time, your insulation gets compacted down and does not work as effectively.  Adding insulation can definately help keep that warm air inside your home.  This one will cost you a little up front, but should pay off over the next few years.

6. Don't forget to change or wash your HVAC filters regularly.  When your filters are dirty, it causes your unit to work a lot harder to move the air through it.  This can definately increase your energy costs as well as cause your heater and A/C to wear out much quicker.

There are definately more things you can do to help reduce your energy costs, but I thought I'd share a few quick and easy tips you can do to help save some money.  If you find yourself needing a professional for any of these tips, or have HVAC problems, give me a shout.  I'm more than happy to share my contacts of professionals I trust.  I'm not just here to help you buy or sell a home.  I want to help you with all of your real estate needs!

                                                              Sincerely,

                                                                    Shelby Cummings