Winter Energy Saving Tips
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN
- Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS
- Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE
- When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings.
LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS
- Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.
LOWER YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTING COSTS
- Use light-emitting diode -- or "LED" -- holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.Learn about the advantages and potential cost savings of LED holiday light strings.Find manufacturers and brands of ENERGY STAR®-qualified decorative light strings.