Conserve and Save
Simple changes in your household routines could help you save money on your heating bills. In fact, for every degree you lower your thermostat, you could save up to 4 percent on your energy costs. For example, the thermostat in your home is set at 70 degrees. Lowering that setting by one degree will help you save money this winter. Set it even lower for increased savings.
- Warm air rises, so use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor.
- Use ceiling fans in the winter to distribute heat around a room.
- If radiators are located near cold walls, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
- Install a humidifier to add moisture and comfort if the air in your home is unusually dry.
- Close off doors and vents in unused rooms to conserve heat within your home.
- Carpet adds comfort and warmth, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
- Consider natural gas space heaters as an alternative or addition to central heating, as well as for emergency heating.
- On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun’s warmth into your home.
- Keep vents and chimneys clean and in good working order.
- Remove dust and lint from return air grills and warm air outlets.
- Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily.
- While sleeping, add an extra blanket for warmth.
Preventing Heat Loss
- Proper insulation will preserve warm air in your home and save money on your gas bill. Check with an insulation contractor about the type and amount of insulation your home needs.
- Prevent heat loss with storm windows and doors.
- Use duct tape to inexpensively repair any cracks, holes or separations in your duct work.
- Weatherstrip or caulk cracks or gaps around doors and windows.
- Keep radiators clear of obstacles to prevent heat loss.
- When you’re not using your fireplace, make sure the damper is closed.
- Place a throw rug at the bottom of doors to keep cold air out.
- Close curtains at night or on windy days
- Go in and out of doors only when necessary.
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a household full of warmed air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.