Saturday, December 27, 2008

Energy Saving Tips That Will Save You Money This Winter

Many households are facing rising energy costs this winter. Here are some green tips on how to save energy and money this winter:

  1. Make sure nothing is blocking airflow around vents. This includes furniture, drapes, and anything else.
  2. Seal cracks around windows with caulk or buy window seal kits. These will reduce drafts.
  3. Open drapes on the south side of your home to take advantage of natural heat from the sunlight. Keep all others closed to help prevent drafts and add another layer between your room and the outdoors.
  4. Buy an insulation kit for your water heater. These will pay for themselves in energy savings.
  5. Purchase a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. Set the heat down during the day when you are at work and at night when you are asleep. If you are not able to get a programmable thermostat then just manually turn down the heat at these times.
  6. Fill unused outlets with outlet covers. Many unused outlets, especially ones on the exterior walls, will let drafts in. This will keep cool air out of your room and warm air in your room. It will also make your house safer for little children!
  7. Replace furnace filters regularly
  8. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Most have a default setting of 150 degrees.
  9. Call someone to come check the insulation in your attic. If it is not sufficient, have some added. This is where most of your heat is lost.
  10. Cuddle up, cover up. People are a good source of heat. Each person in your home is equivalent to the heat put out by a small space heater. Also, remember that it is winter and tank tops and shorts are not meant for this season!

Many of these tips are simply to use and you will thank yourself, (and maybe me!), when you get your next heating bill!

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