55 Rules For Cutting Home Heating Bills
- Heat your home with energy that is cheapest in your area.
- Consider heating your home with solar heat. It costs the least.
- Insulate your water heater. This will pay for itself quickly.
- Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine.
- Keep thermostat at 68 degrees; 55 degrees at night. Install an automatic timer.
- Heat only those rooms that are in use.
- Cut heat loss in half by weatherstripping doors and windows.
- Check for cracks around fireplace. Keep heat in by caulking all cracks.
- Insulate your attic and all outside walls.
- Be sure your thermostat is not located in a normally cold or hot place.
- In winter, set thermostat low. In spring and fall, turn off heat.
- Wear warm (closely knit fabrics) clothing indoors during cold weather.
- When away from home, turn off heat and hot water heater.
- Keep windows closed during cold weather.
- Inspect your furnace. Keep parts clean. Replace air filters when necessary.
- Wrap heating ducts with duct tape where exposed to cold air.
- Don't peek into the oven. You lose 20% - 50% of the heat each time you do.
- Have your furnace serviced by an experienced professional once a year.
- Avoid use of kitchen, bathroom fans in winter. They waste household heat.
- Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use.
- Make sure that furnace cold air register is not obstructed.
- Check efficiency ratings before purchasing portable heaters of any kind.
- Cooking utensils with flat bottoms and tight fitting covers save heat.
- Be sure pots and pans are right size for range burners and elements.
- Plan some meals so that entire meal can be prepared in oven at same time.
- Thaw frozen meats to almost room temperature before cooking.
- Never use range or oven to heat the kitchen. This could prove dangerous.
- Turn off oven about 5 minutes before cooking time os over.
- Use storm or thermal windows in cold areas.
- During winter months, arrange furniture away from outside walls.
- Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows during winter months.
- Insulate floors over unheated spaces such as crawl spaces and garage.
- Close off attic, garage, basement, spare bedrooms, storage areas, etc.
- An electric blanket is much less expensive than heating your bedroom.
- cover pots and pans when heating liquids.
- Install storm doors before cold weather arrives.
- seal gaps around pipes, wires, vents. Caulk baseboards.
- Turn off heat when the fireplace is being used.
- A glass front or glass screen will reduce fireplace heat loss.
- Dust or vacuum radiator surfaces frequently.
- Don't forget to weatherstrip your attic door to prevent heat from escaping.
- Insulate your mattress and bed frame with wrapping paper or plastic sheets.
- Repair holes in roof, walls, doors and windows where heat may escape.
- Check to see that glass in all windows have full putty.
- If wood is inexpensive in your area, install a wood burning stove.
- Turn off your furnace pilot light when heat is not necessary.
- Teach youngsters to keep doors closed and other ways of conserving heat.
- Talk to your utility company for other suggestions for saving heat
HOW TO SAVE ON HOT WATER......
- Keep hot water thermostat set at 110-120 degrees. (Most are set at 140 degrees).
- Repair faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 15 gallons of hot water a day.
- Install an automatic timer so water is heated only during hours needed.
- Wash clothing in cold water with cold water detergent.
- Install an aerator on your kitchen sink faucet to save on hot water.
- Save hot water by installing a low-flow showerhead.
- "Suds savers" on washers allow you to reuse hot water for several loads.
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