Winter Savings Tips
Heating and air conditioning account for 55% of your residential energy usage. It is important to have an energy efficient heating and cooling system, to have a well insulated home and to have double paned windows on your house. Try these other tips for savings in the winter.
-When you are home, keep the thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature.
-Use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature in your home about ten degrees during the day when you’re at work and school and gradually warm up your house right before you return home.
-Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees if you are gone for a few days.
-Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows for leaks.
-Close the damper in your fireplace when it is not in use. Make sure it is open again before lighting a fire.
-Keep all doors and windows closed when the heat is on even if you have storm windows and doors.
-During the day open drapes on the sunny side of the house. Close them at night.
-Keep heating vents clear of obstructions.
-Turn off heat and close doors to unused rooms if you have individual room heat. Close doors and vents to unused rooms if you have a central system other than a heat pump.
-Insulate your attic door or hatch if your attic entrance is in a heated or cooled part of your home
-Weather-strip the bottom of doors. A ¼ inch gap under a 36 inch door is equivalent to a 9 square inch hole in the wall.
-Use electric blankets. They allow you to drop your thermostat at night. For each one degree drop in your thermostat, you save 2% of your heating costs.
-Use foam insulating gaskets behind the faceplates of electrical outlets and switches.