5 Tips to Stay Toasty Warm and Save Energy for the Holidays

Days are shortening, temperatures are dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

1. Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, the sun can shine, even in Oregon winters! 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.

2. Cover drafty windows. Apply 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 inserts, blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

3. 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.

4. Make holiday lighting efficient. As you’re unstringing rows of tangled lights…it may be time get new ENERGY STAR qualified decorative light strings. Featuring LED technology, qualified light strings use 75% less electricity than conventional incandescent light strings; are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and lengths; are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings; and emit less heat. Make it even easier by purchasing a pre-set timer to control your lights – great for when you’re away from home.

5. Get a Home Energy Score. When you’re ready to learn more about how you can step up your home’s comfort, get a Home Energy Score. Then consider upgrades like air sealing and insulation, an efficient furnace and water heater, and window inserts or replacements.