10/13/2010 by Howard Baltus 0 Comments
Executive Maids Shares Cold Weather Household & Energy Savings Tips
- 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. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy.
- For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill.
- Cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day.
- Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Also use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.
- Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Also cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
- Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, 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. Close them at night to retain heat.
- Don’t block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free. Close vents and doors in unused rooms.
- Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, change or clean furnace filters once a month.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
- 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 water-flow restrictors in shower heads and faucets.
- Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
- Insulate your outlets & switches. Everyone knows that weather stripping and insulation saves money and prevents drafts in the Winter. But who thinks about electric outlets? A lot of heat is lost from homes through the outlets located on exterior walls. Purchase electric outlet and switch gaskets at your local hardware store. Remove the outlet cover, fit the gasket over the outlet or switch, and replace the cover. In less than an hour, you can outfit your entire home, saving energy, and preventing drafts.
- Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries.
- While you are checking your smoke detectors, make sure you replace or clean the furnace filters for your air conditioning and heating systems.