The crisp air is creeping in; now is the time to “shoo” it out! Here are 14 lil’ nuggets of info to shave down those heat bills this winter.
- Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
- Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
- Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
- Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
- Limit your use of portable heaters.They’re great for “spot” heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
- Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F.
- Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.
- Get an energy-efficient furnace and you could cut your heating costs in half.
- Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
- Give your furnace air space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your unit or drape anything over it.
- Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.
- Heat your home with the sun’s help.Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
- Get up-to-date windows. Windows are a HUGE energy drain in winter months. Plastic barriers help with draft, but it’s really just a bandage. Investing in updated windows is a more lasting solution that adds value to your home as well!
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And for more energy saving tips STAY TUNED!