How To Save On Your Heating Bill :
The following tips come from Housemaster, a home inspection company.
DIAL DOWN. For every degree you reduce your thermostat setting
you may save about 3% on your heating bill.
SET THE THERMOSTAT BACK. At night, and when leaving your home
unoccupied for a long time, set the thermostat back. Note: This
suggestion may not be advisable if you have a heat pump system.
DON’T FULLY HEAT UNUSED ROOMS. Close registers or turn off
radiators in rooms not being used, and close the doors. Caution: To
protect any pipes in these rooms, make sure the temperature is above
CLOSE EXTERIOR DOORS. Keep all exterior doors as well as those to
all unheated areas, such as the garage, attic and basement, tightly
USE THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE HOUSE TO BEST ADVANTAGE. Open blinds or
drapes to let the sun’s rays in to help warm the house. At night or
on cloudy days, close the draperies to prevent heat loss.
KEEP YOUR WARM AIR HEATING SYSTEM CLEAN. Clean or replace dirty
filters that restrict air flow through your furnace.
INSULATE YOUR HOUSE WHERE IT IS NEEDED. Proper insulation will
conserve more energy than any other single item. Increasing
insulation levels from a minimal depth to the currently recommended
amount for your area may save up to 30% or more on your heating
INSULATE DUCTS AND PIPES. Ducts that carry warm air or pipes that
carry heated water to the living areas may go through unheated
areas. To increase the efficiency of the heating system, these ducts
and pipes should be covered with insulation.
WEATHERSTRIP AND CAULK AROUND WINDOWS AND DOORS. Sealing gaps in
exterior walls will reduce cold drafts and keep warm air in. It is
one of the least expensive ways to save energy.
SEAL AGAINST AIR LEAKAGE TO THE ATTIC. Don’t forget to insulate and
weatherstrip all attic access doors. Even small cracks around attic
entrances can result in substantial heat loss.
CLOSE THE FIREPLACE DAMPER OR DOORS WHEN NOT IN USE. An open
fireplace allows the heated air in the room to rise up the flue and
escape to the outside. Even when a good fire is burning, more heated
house air can be drawn into the fireplace and up the chimney than
the fireplace can radiate into a room, so use your fireplace
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