Cold Weather Energy Saving Tips

No matter the time of year, energy savings is something that is on everyone's mind. Whether you own your home, rent or lease, conservation is key to keeping your energy bills manageable.

Here are some tips and ideas now that the colder weather is here.

  • Turn down your thermostat.  For every degree you lower your heat in the 60 degree to 70 degree range you can save up to 5 % on heating costs.  Put on a sweater or a hoodie and set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting.
  • Have a Programmable Thermostat installed.  Why heat an empty home?  With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule your home's heat to lower when you are away or going to sleep and to turn back up when you return or are waking up.
  • Let the Sun Shine In.  Open up the drapes or shades to allow the natural sunlight to come in to help heat up a room.  Close drapes and shades at night to reduce the chill.
  • Seal up leaks around windows and doors, also around pipes, vents and electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor.
  • Wrap your hot water heater with jacket insulation.  This is especially something to do on an older hot water heater.
  • Insulate your floors and attic.  Having adequate insulation is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Have your heating system tuned up.  This should be performed once a year to maintain the efficiency and dependability of your heating system.
  • Don't block any heating vents.  Keeping them open and free of obstruction will allow your heating system to work efficiently.
  • Check your fireplace.  When it is in use it is a source of heat.  When it is not the chimney acts as a tunnel for cold air.  Closing the damper when it is not in use will prevent cold air from coming into your home.
Caulk gaps and cracks around drafty door frames and windows to prevent cold air from entering your home on winter days. Caulk is inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware stores where they can also teach you how to apply it.