LINCOLN, R.I. - As part of National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Amica Insurance is sharing some less expensive ways for consumers to warm their homes during the chilly winter months.
According to the Department of Energy, of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings and outdated heating and cooling systems. That’s why Amica is sharing the following tips to help cut down on energy use in the home:
- Open curtains on south-facing windows to naturally heat the home with sunlight.
- Add caulking or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
- Replace the furnace filter once per month.
- Turn down the temperature of the water heater to the “warm” setting (120 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.
- Install low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Only run the dishwasher or laundry machines when they’re fully loaded.