November 21, 2008
- Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking the hot air flow from vents or radiators
- Turn down your thermostat when you’re asleep or away. A programmable thermostat with temperature and time settings can save on energy costs.
- Use caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
- Turn off lights, computers, televisions and other appliances when not in use.
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can make your home warmer. Close them in the evening to keep the heat in.
- Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they are full.
- Close doors and isolate unused rooms in your home to reduce the overall space heated.
- To save on hot water, set the hot water temperature at the “normal” setting – no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cut water heating costs by 10%.
- Remove window air conditioner units in the winter. If you can’t, enclose the unit with an air conditioner cover to stop the drafts.