A procrastinator's guide to saving energy this winter

Does your annual holiday card read, “Happy Valentine’s Day?” Do you see your accountant every April 14? Do you take a trip to Target on Dec. 24 every year?

If you answered “yes” to these, it may be safe to say you tend to procrastinate.

No judgment here. Most of us procrastinate from time to time. No need to feel bad about it. As it turns out, there are a couple of ways to use that procrastination habit to your advantage.

It’s not too late to save energy this winter. While you’ve probably already endured some cold weather, you can still make a few changes to save on your energy bill while maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home.

Here are a few things even a procrastinator can achieve:

Let the sunshine in — Open your curtains during the day to let the sun naturally warm your home. Remember to close them at night to help keep any cold drafts out of your living space.

Seal your windows — Consider weatherizing your windows with plastic film. Just doing this on a few select windows can make a big difference on your utility costs. If you’re looking for a quick how-to video, give our favorite tutorial a try. This how-to guide is so excited about weatherizing windows, it will inspire even the biggest procrastinators to get the job done.

Stop the leaks — Find out where your house might be letting valuable warm air out and cold air in, and caulk it up. Common culprits are around your door, chimney, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and cabinets. There are several different types of caulk (yeah, who knew?), but thankfully energy.gov offers a nice chart to help you decide which one to buy. Don’t procrastinate on this step; it’s best to caulk before the cold comes (above 45 degrees is best) so the caulk will set and adhere to the surfaces.

Pamper your heater — Replace your furnace filter so it doesn’t have to work so hard to circulate all that hot air.

Information from the Black Hills Energy's Keeping Energy Affordable blog
January 2018