Money Saving Tips
1. Set the thermostat as low as is comfortable for you in the wintertime. I suggest 68 degrees throughout the day and somewhat lower later in the evening.
2. Clean or replace filters on furnaces every thirty days or as needed.
3. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as necessary. Make certain that they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
4. Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators a few times a season. If uncertain about how exactly to complete this task, call a professional.
5. Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
6. Use kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans wisely. Within only one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed air. Turn fans off when they have done the job.
7. Close an unoccupied room that would be isolated from the remainder of the house. An unused corner bedroom is an excellent one to close. Turn down the thermostat or switch off the heating for that room or zone. However, you should not turn the heating off if you heat your home utilizing a heat pump. Closing the vents could harm the heat pump.
8. On a windy day, hold a lit incense stick alongside your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, along with other locations when you find there is a possible air path to the outside. If the smoke blows in or out due to the wind, You have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weather-stripping.
9. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows that leak air.
10. Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and also soffits over cabinets.
11. Install rubber gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on exterior and interior walls.
12. Pinpoint dirty spots in your attic insulation. They can often indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. You then should seal the holes by stapling sheets of plastic on top of the holes and caulking the edges of the plastic. Or, try using a can of spray insulation foam to fill and seal the gaps.
13. Whenever the fireplace is not being used, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed specifically for warm smoke to escape, so until you close it, warm air escapes 24 hours a day!
14. New windows should be double-pane windows with low-e coating on the glass reflect heat back into the room during the winter months.,
15. Install storm windows over single-pane windows or replace them with double-pane windows. Storm windows as much as double the R-value of single-pane windows and they may help reduce drafts. Additionally they can stop water condensation, and frost formation.
16. As a more cost effective and less permanent alternative, you can use a clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film onto the inside of your window frames through the cold winter season. Leave the bottom edge of the plastic sheet loose so moisture can get out stopping the window from fogging.
17. Storm windows should have weather-stripping at all movable joints. Repair and weatherize your storm windows, as necessary.
18.Install tight-fitting, insulating blinds on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. Even better, make window quilts specifically for your windows.
19. During the heating season, keep your draperies and shades from the south-facing windows open through the day to let sunlight enter your house and closed at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
20. Keep windows facing the south side of your home clean to maximize solar heat gain.
21. Deflect cold winter winds by planting evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and west sides of your home.
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