To Keep Heating Cost Down

By | Dec 12, 2007

1) Let the sunshine in. Open the curtains on the south windows during the day and the heat of the sun will help heat the home.

2) Keep the filters clean. By keeping them clean the air will flow easier and be more efficient.

3) Use a programmable thermostat. By using a programmable thermostat you can automatically turn down the heat when it’s least needed, at night when sleeping or during the day when no one is home. Have it raised to a comfortable level shortly before getting up or arriving home.

4) Upgrade the windows. Old windows allows much more cold air to enter the house than new energy efficient insulated windows.

5) Insulate and seal. Add an extra layer of insulation to your roof or walls, and use caulking, foam or weather stripping to seal cracks around windows, light fixtures or electrical outlets.

6) Lower the temperature of the hot water heater. The default settings of hot water heaters are 140 degrees, but at that temperature it could cause scalding. 120 degrees is plenty hot enough for showering and dish washing.

More on Energy Saving at More than Switching Off The Lights a website with useful tips on conserving energy.


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