Get fired up about savings
with these winter heating tips.
General home tips:
- Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
- Change furnace filters every month.
- Caulk, seal and weatherstrip openings from your home to the outside.
- Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level: R-38 or 10-16 inches blown.
- Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes through air leaks.
- Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you're not using your fireplace.
- Install a humidifier and set it at 35% to 40% humidity in the winter. This will help your home feel warmer at a lower temperature setting.
- Keep your heat pump clear of obstructions, including snow.
- Check throughout your home to make sure air registers aren’t blocked by furniture or other obstructions.
- Vacuum or dust air registers regularly.
- Be consistent with your thermostat settings.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Customers with heat pumps should use programmable thermostats or gradually change their settings to avoid putting the heat pump into costly emergency heating mode.
- If you use a programmable thermostat, lower the thermostat during the day when no one is home and even lower overnight while you are sleeping.
Windows and vents:
- Shade your windows. Possible savings: 10-25%.
- Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows to allow more sunlight and heat during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat.
- Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
- Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They can quickly pull warm air from your home.
- Encourage members of your household to layer clothing rather than turn up the heat.
- Take shorter showers. Open bathroom doors after taking a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.
- Take the ENERGY STAR pledge to make your home more energy efficient.
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