The cold weather has arrived. Make sure your home is prepared and ready to combat frigid temperatures. Here are some tips to keep your home warm and cozy this winter.
- Make sure that your thermostat settings are set appropriately for the winter. Ideally, having the temperature at 68 degrees while you are awake will help save energy and money. A programmable thermostat can make this process a lot easier and could result in energy savings of up to $180 over the course of the year.
- A dirty air filter can make your furnace work harder and lead to higher energy costs and even damaged parts. During the winter, you’ll want to check that your air filter is clean at least once a month since it will be working harder during these months.
- To help prevent any heat blockage, vacuum and clean all the vents to allow proper heat flow and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. Additionally, make sure furniture, toys, or window coverings are not blocking the vents to allow for proper and maximum airflow.
- Ensure your heating and cooling system is operating efficiently and delivering the maximum energy savings by having a contractor do annual pre-season checkups. DTE provides rebates.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs throughout your home. LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy without sacrificing light output and can last up to 25 years longer. Find the right bulbs for your home with our guide.
- Seal air leaks around your home and add insulation as needed to help your home be more comfortable and energy-efficient and save up to $200 on your annual energy bills. Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows.
- If you’re in need of an equipment upgrade, make sure to shop for a high-efficiency model furnace, which operates up to 50% more efficiently than older units. You may even be eligible for rebates available at com/hvac.
- Keep your heating system at peak performance by having an annual tune-up. DTE provides rebates to help offset the cost of furnace tune-ups that include combustion analysis.
- Download the free DTE Insight app to see your energy use. You’ll be able to identify spikes in your home’s use and avoid high-bill surprises.
DTE also offers energy-saving tips, rebates, tools, and programs to help you save this winter and all year long. Learn more at: dteenergy.com/saveenergy.