More Winter Energy Saving Tips

  • Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy.
  • For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill.
  • Cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day.
  • Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.
  • Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Also cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
  • Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets.
  • Keep shades and curtains open during the day on the south side of your home to allow solar heating. Close them at night to retain heat.
  • Don’t block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free. Close vents and doors in unused rooms.
  • Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, change or clean furnace filters once a month.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure
  • Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.

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Save Energy This Winter

Winter! It’s just cold. Setting the thermostat high is an easy temptation to give into, but it will cost you substantially. Even an additional few degrees increase on cold days can raise your bill by as much as half.

A good rule of thumb for winter is to set your thermostat at 68 degrees while you are home and 55 degrees if you are going to be gone more than 4 hours. You can get an automatic timed thermostat to do this for you if you work regular hours and want to save on your heating bill.

Other things you can do to save heating energy costs during the cold winter months:

  • Close off rooms that don’t need heat if you have automatic thermostat controls.
  • Turn down the heater when using the fireplace.
  • Close the damper on the fireplace when not using it.
  • Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and adjusted properly.
  • Replace your filter on your furnace regularly. Each unit is different, but every few months is typical.
  • Use passive solar heat when it warms up and the sun comes out. Open drapes and curtains on any windows that face south to let sunshine in and heat with it.
  • Don’t rely on your house to provide all the heat. Wear layers and heavier clothing when possible.

Hermit Crap Saves Energy

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Is your home ready for Winter?

Some creatures have it easy. like our friend here, the Hermit Crab!

He doesn’t have to worry about weatherstripping, drafty windows, or dirty furnace filters. if his house isn’t doing the job for him, he can just pick a new one. that’s not so easy for the rest of us!

I know I can’t just up and move, so I’m taking the initiative to check my furnace filters out, and replace them if necessary (new filters can really affect your heating bill!), checking my windows for drafts, and making sure that my doors seal properly. every penny counts! I’d also recommend turning your thermostat down at night, and using more blankets to stay warm. (winter is a great time for cuddling, too! save energy while improving your relationship!)

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