Save Money & Be Comfortable
by Barbara Loraine
CHANGE FOR THE SEASON
- Do NOT rely just on the heater for your comfort.
- Acclimate to the season. Expect it to be cool, and dress accordingly.
- Wear a sweater or jacket to keep warm; scarves can help, too.
- Use flannel sheets.
- Use extra blankets to stay warm in bed.
- Put rugs on tile, wood, and other hard floor surfaces, for greater warmth.
- Use drapes over windows to keep out drafts and cold coming in through window panes.
- Where there is not warmth coming in windows, keep the drapes or blinds closed.
- Use the sun from windows to heat your home. Open drapes and blinds to let the warmth in.
- Replace filters on your heating system according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Maintain your heating system.
- Skip the gas fireplace. It uses more energy than your heating system.
- Reverse your ceiling fans to push ward air down into the room.
- Lower your thermostat. A common energy-efficient setting is at 55 degrees at night and 6o during the day. In areas where it freezes, do NOT turn the heat off completely or set it too low, as this can cause pipes to burst.
- A programmable thermostat will automatically turn the temp lower while you sleep or when you’re away at work so you can decrease your energy use up to 25%.
- Compare the cost of heating your space with the heater versus a space heater.
- Find drafts. Walk around inside with a candle; where the flame flickers, there’s a draft.
- Seal cracks around windows, around pipes – silicone caulk or weather stripping works well.
- Use child-protection “buttons” on unused electrical outlets, to avoid cold air seeping in.
- Use a rolled-up towel or other draft protection at doors.
- If possible, increase wall insulation.
- Check your attic and roof for drafts (see Energy Audit)
- Consider getting insulated windows.
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