season for lower temperatures and that means higher heating bills. If you're
looking for ways to cut back on energy costs here are a few tips to help you do
Use the sunshine, it's free. Pull back
the drapes and open the blinds during the day. Sunshine provides natural
warmth. At night, close the window coverings to combat drafts and prevent heat
from radiating out through the windows.
Replace the furnace air filter. A furnace's
air filter should be replaced at least every six months. Dusty environments may
require more frequent replacement. A clean filter will improve air flow to the
Check for vent blockage. Make sure
furniture, rugs and curtains are not obstructing air flow at vents and
registers. Also check to be sure the register dampers are open.
Schedule professional air duct cleaning. Clean ducts
help the air to flow more freely. Air duct cleaning should happen every few
years or more frequently if home occupants have allergies.
Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows. A
significant amount of heat can escape from even a small crack.
Check attics and other locations for air loss and add insulation as
improvement stores sell several types of insulation. Remember that all attics
should be vented to the outside. Be sure not to block the outdoor vents.
Cover windows with clear, plastic film. Window-insulating
kits usually cost fewer than 20 dollars at hardware stores and according to
heating experts they can have a significant impact on the room temperature.
Inspect ductwork for air leaks and seal with foil duct tape. Be sure to
use aluminum foil-type duct tape, not the common, gray duct tape, on ductwork.
Keep fireplaces closed if not in use. Glass doors
and the flue should always be kept closed when the fireplace is not in use.
Lower the thermostat temperature and dress in layers. Bundle up
in sweaters, pants and socks and you won't need to set the heat as high to feel
comfortable in your home.