Temperatures are still pretty comfortable in the New Orleans area, but colder temperatures are on the way. Even though the North Atlantic Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a drier and warmer winter for the southeast due to La Nina conditions, we could still see our temperatures dip. Given that this is 2020, a lot of things have not turned out as predicted this year. During winter time, even in New Orleans, you will want to be prepared. Make sure to get your heater checked for the 2020/2021 season.
What You Can Do To Stay Warm During Winter Time…
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can get expensive. Saving on energy costs during winter time can be fairly easy. Wearing warmer clothing and considering setting the temperature to lower than 72 degrees can save on your energy bills. As a matter of fact, experts suggest you should set your thermostat as low as comfortable when you are at home awake. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. Use a programmable thermostat. It will make it easy to set back your temperature. If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps.
Check your home for drafts and leaks and seal up any cracks, holes or gaps in the home’s entryways, walls, and foundation to prevent thermal energy from escaping. Get some weather stripping on doors and windows that you use frequently. Do not forget to caulk or seal your windows and any unused exterior doors.
Another way to save money on your energy costs this winter is to set the water tank temperature to 120 degrees to reduce thermal energy costs. When it is sunny outside, open the curtains or blinds to let the sunlight in to help heat the home. Last, but not least, check all your pipes and faucets for leaks. Insulate the pipes by covering them with a blanket. For more information on winter time tips and more, visit: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermostats