- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. Use a programmable thermostat for automatic savings.
(For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill. You can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15% for eight hours a day.)
- Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows.
- Use solar powered attic fans to cool your attic in the summer and remove condensation in the winter.
- Use exterior lighting with motion sensors to turn on lights only when you need them. Use switches with built in timers to limit exterior light Usage.
- Use interior thermos-heat and motion sensor switches in hallway, closets and stairways that automatically turn light on when you need them and off when you don’t.
- Use dimmer switches! Dimming the lights you use by 50% can save you 60% of electrical usage.
- Retro fit old High Hats with air tight covers. Same look different baffle
- Use new light bulb technologies to save money and increase the life of your light bulbs. New LED bulbs can last up to 20 years.
- Install a fireplace insert or free standing fireplace to save 35% or better of your heating bill.
- Cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
- Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Without proper insulation the heat is just escaping – causing much fuel usage, high heating bills and feeling cold inside your home. The government offers a 30% tax credit for insulating. (Reducing air leaks could cut 10% from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, high hats, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets.)
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day on the south side of your home to allow solar heating.
- Don’t block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free.
- Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters.
- If your heating system is old or inefficient, it may be time to replace it. Look for EnergyStar rated systems.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use. Consider installing a fireplace balloon to stop drafts.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure
- Install radiant floor or wall heating systems when possible.
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