Ready for Winter? Try these Energy-Saving Ideas
Winterize your home, reduce heating costs and be in control of your energy budget by following these steps:
- Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or the lowest temperature you find comfortable. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you can gain as much as a 3 percent savings in energy costs.
- Keep draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight into your home, but be sure to close them at night.
- Keep heated air inside the home. Caulk and weather strip around doors and windows, close the fireplace damper and fill holes and gaps where wiring and pipes enter the house.
- Change your air filters every one to three months to keep air circulating efficiently.
- Clean air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. Keep heat vents open and unobstructed.
- Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, floors, exterior and basement walls or crawlspace to make sure it’s at recommended levels for your area. If it’s not adequate, have insulation professionally installed.
- Insulate heating ducts to prevent heat loss. Insulating your water heater and pipes can also provide significant energy savings, and it’s simple!
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilation fans only as long as needed. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed air.
- Maintain your heating equipment to prevent problems. To keep your system at peak performance, maintenance should be done annually by a professional.
- Look for the Energy Star label when you buy new appliances.
- Use either a programmable thermostat or an internet-connected thermostat to set temperature parameters for day and nighttime use.