Tips for Saving Energy...
Energy Saving Tips for Winter
When it's cold outside, here are some simple ways you can keep energy use and costs down on the inside.
- Have your furnace cleaned and checked.
- Clean or replace your furnace filters every two or three months. A dirty or plugged filter reduces the amount of heated air supplied to your home or apartment, increasing your heating cost.
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees at night or when you are away from home more than four hours. If you have a heat pump, set your thermostat back no more than 3 to 4 degrees.
- Make sure air registers are not obstructed by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Open shades and drapes on sunny sides of your home or apartment during daytime hours. Close them at night.
- Close storm windows. Keep windows tightly latched. Cover windows with plastic insulating film to reduce drafts.
- For comfort in cool temperatures, warm clothes can be the best insulation of all. A light, long-sleeved sweater equals almost 2 degrees in added warmth; a heavy sweater adds 4 degrees. This should allow you to keep a lower thermostat setting, saving heating energy.
- Keep fireplace damper closed unless in use. An open damper can be compared to keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter. Close the damper as soon as you are certain the fire is completely out.
- If using a portable space heater, turn down the central heating thermostat to offset the energy being consumed by the space heater.
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