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Check out these helpful tips. Put them to work for you and save energy - and energy dollars - throughout the year.
Winter Energy Saving Tips
This winter, save money and stay warm. Keep your energy bill and your pollution output low this winter by taking a whole-house approach to heating. Here are some helpful 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. Also 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. And, 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.
- Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
- Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm
- Keep all windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly
- Keep heat sources such as lamps and appliances away from your thermostat
- Perform a do-it-yourself home energy audit. Online and paper versions are available.
For more information on winterizing your home to save money, contact your power company, listed on the right.
More Energy Saving Tips
- Consider replacing your regular light bulbs with compact florescent lamps, or CFL’s. CFL’s last 15 times longer than light bulbs, while using ¼ of the energy. CFL’s now come in a variety of watts and decorative styles, and their cost has dropped.
- Look for the Phantom Loads in your house. Phantom Loads are areas of unnoticed energy usage in your household. If it’s warm, it could be wasting electricity. Unplug cell phone chargers and similar devices. You’ll save almost $30 a year by catching the Phantoms in your house!
- Electric water heater technology is making energy efficiency easier. Programmable electric water heaters provide hot water at certain times, reducing the temperature when not in use. Or, look for electric water heaters with energy saver settings. It adjusts the water heating cycles.
- Change air filters monthly.
- Fix any leaky faucets – one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month.
- Use power strips for home electronics and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use.
- Reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for the rinse cycle in your washer.
- Set the refrigerator temperature at 36° to 39° F and freezer at 0° to 5° F.
- Use the microwave when possible – it cooks faster and doesn’t create as much heat as a stove burner.
- Make sure your dryer’s outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load.
- Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to minimize heat loss.
- Turn off outdoor lighting during the day. Try timer switches or photoelectric controls if the finger method is a bother.
- Keep your freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door.
- Hang on to appliance manuals so you can refer to them for care information and possible energy-saving tips.