Energy Saving at Home

Winter

Winter can be a major challenge to energy saving at home. Windows, insulation, and many lifestyle changes will help you with your energy saving at home efforts, and help you save money while living more comfortably. These tips are a great start.

Energy Saving Tip # 112

In cooler weather, during daylight hours open the drapes and shades on windows that face south to grab all the warmth and light from the sun that you can.  Then, during evening and night hours, close the drapes and shades to keep the heat you gained during the day in the house rather than let it leak out through the windows – which no matter how good they are, still lose more heat than a well insulated wall.


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Energy Saving Tip # 113

Keep the temperature as low as you can while you are home – add a layer of clothes to keep warm.  And keeping active will also help keep you warm, and save you money.

Energy Saving Tip # 114

Programmable thermostats are one of today’s great energy and money saving inventions.  When you automatically “set back” your heat settings (and cooling during warmer months) when you are away during the day and asleep at night, you could save as much as ten percent on your home heating bills.

Energy Saving Tip # 115

Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize! Caulk and weather-strip all possible places where cold air can sneak into your home, and steal your heating and cooling money.


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Energy Saving Tip # 116

A properly maintained heating system will save you money.  A clean flue, frequently changed air filters, and a correctly adjusted boiler will all work together to heat your home most efficiently and save you the most money.

Energy Saving Tip # 117

There are recommended levels of insulation for your exterior walls, attic and crawl spaces, ceilings, and basement walls and floors.  Make sure your home has at least the recommended amount – this is an area where more is better.