Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.
Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy. Hint: a smart learning thermostat does this for you. Learn about Nest thermostats here.
Holiday Lighting. As you’re taking down rows of lights, get a jump on next year and replace some bulbs now. Be sure to choose LED lights – they waste less energy, exert less heat and more light and help lower your electric bill. Make it even easier by purchasing a pre-set timer to control your lights at the touch of a button – great for when you’re away from home.