Winter Heating Tips
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. It can be a very expensive time too. Between holiday expenses and heating bills, a budget can get thrown out of whack quickly. Post-holiday credit card bills and cold weather usually arrive about the same time. Here are some home heating tips that will save you money and help with energy efficiency.
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Schedule maintenance for your equipment. This is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure your home stays warm for your family.
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Use programmable thermostats. If you do not have programmable thermostats consider investing in them. When used correctly, they pay for themselves in a very short period of time.
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Change your filters. Clean filters help the air flow freely and allow your heating unit to operate more efficiently.
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If your home has a fireplace, close the damper when you are not using the fireplace.
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Keep your garage door closed.
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Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
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Keep blinds and drapes open during the day and closed after sundown.
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Rearrange furniture so it is not against an outside wall.
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Don’t block vents. Air needs to move freely.
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Lower your thermostat at bedtime. It’s a proven fact, we sleep better when we decrease the temperature.
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If you will be gone for 8 -12 hours lower your thermostat 10 – 15 degrees.
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When traveling overnight or longer, lower your thermostat to 55 degrees.
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Heat pumps work efficiently at 68 degrees and lower.
As you can see, by taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your heating expense while also be an efficient energy consumer.