Straight from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, consider these steps to help conserve energy and reduce your costs as well.
- Turn it down: Save up to 1% on your heating bill for every degree you turn down the thermostat. Keep extra blankets and sweaters around if you need an additional layer to stay warm.
- Set it and forget it: Go a step further with a programmable thermostat. These type of thermostats can store and repeat six or more daily temperature settings that will automatically adjust the temperature to maximize your savings. Turning your thermostat back 10° or so during the day while you are at work for instance, can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill.
- Don’t let savings go up in smoke: Use your fireplace efficiently.
- Here comes the sun: Open drapes on south-facing windows during the day.
- Keep the heat: Close curtains at night and on windows that don’t get sun.
- Keep it running: Maintain your heating system.
- Windows. Put up storm windows if you have them or cover with plastic weatherstrip.
- Fireplace. If you don’t use. Plug it up. And if you do, make sure to close the flu when not in use.
- Doors. Check for drafts coming under the door and place a towel to help plug it up. There is also plastic weather strip for doors as well.
And finally, check with your local power provider as they may offer a free Energy Audit to help you identify areas of your home to improve upon and keep your costs down.
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