Easy NO-Cost Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill at Home.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with DMK Real Estate Ct RE Broker 0789963

Easy NO-Cost Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill at Home.

Baby it’s cold outside, here are some easy to do, no cost ways to save on your utility bill at home this winter.

Turn Down Your Thermostat a Few Degrees ~ For every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range will save you up to 5% on heating costs says the Consumer Energy Center.

Close Your Fireplace Damper ~ when not using your fireplace close the damper otherwise you are just sucking all the heat out of a giant hole.

Place rolled towels against drafty doors and windows ~ Slowdown that draft around leaky windows and doors, replace weather stripping, close storm windows and close window blinds to stop drafts.

Wear slippers and sweaters ~ it is not summertime, put on a pair of thick socks or slippers, and throw on a sweatshirt or sweater.

Filters need to be changed in your forced hot air systems~ check your HVAC summer and winter to make sure your filters are clean for proper air flow.

Programmable Thermostats ~ turn the temperature down in the winter 8 degrees when asleep or out of the house can save you up to 12 percent during the heating season.

Adjust you Hot Water tank temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do cold water laundry loads, it will clean just the same.

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Rowayton Pond ~ Ct.

 

David Popoff is a license Connecticut Real Estate Broker specializing in Sustainability in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.

 

DMK Property Management llc a locally owned company serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Specializing in Residential Property Management that can custom tailor a program to fit the homeowners needs be it short term or long term from rental management to full estate management.

Cell 203-228-0646

E-mail DavidPopoffCT@hotmail.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
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John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician
Safe and Sound Electric LLC - Greenwich, CT
Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021

People need to realize that they are cold, not the house. If people would just put on another layer when they are cold, the savings would be significant.  

Jan 22, 2014 03:07 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Really great suggestions. Since moving from Chicago to St. Thomas I have not missed the cold but I do know there is an art of living comfortably in the cold weather.

Jan 22, 2014 03:37 AM #2
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Just plain common sense taken to the next level.............

Jan 22, 2014 05:50 AM #3
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi David. Putting on more layers is better than burning fuel.

Jan 22, 2014 08:02 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Lithia, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Being from Florida, there is not much I can contribute, except one thing I discovered recently.  Put a full, dry, bath towl in the clothes dryer with your wet wash and you will dry your clothes quicker, ie less energy.  I tried it and had to keep cutting back in time until I had a good feel for the setting.

Jan 23, 2014 03:48 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

David: I got As on all the outlined things to do except for the hot water tank temp. And by the way, this made me laugh, "Wear slippers and sweaters--it is not summertime." Lol.

Jan 23, 2014 04:46 AM #6
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

This is a great list, David. 

     But I will respectfully take exception to two of these: (1) Lower the Water Heater to 120 degrees, and (2) wash your clothes in cold water.      

     Granted, they will both save energy/electricity - but cold water in the washing maching does not kill germs... and who wants to take a 120 degree shower?

Jan 28, 2014 12:45 AM #7
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Fred great questions:

For hot tubs the National Spa and Pool Institute considers 104° F to be the maximum safe water temperature for adults, and modern spas are normally set at the factory not to exceed that limit.

For shower and at the sink recommend temperature is around 120 to 125 because of scalding and burns.

§  At 60ºC (140 F) it takes one second for hot water to cause third degree burns

§  At 55ºC (131F) it takes 10 seconds

§  At 50ºC (122 F)  it takes five minutes

http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/information/preventing_hot_water_burns_and_scalds

 

On the laundry yes you need about 140 to 150 dergrees F’ to kill germs. The majority of residential hot water heaters do not go above 140 degrees.

So do laundry Using Clorox or Clorox 2 that has peroxide in it and will kill germs.

Clean your washing machine with bleach and water without any clothing in it and just let the machine go through its regular cycle.

 I am always learning something new here on ActiveRain.

 

Jan 28, 2014 02:36 AM #8
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Tg Glazer - The Right Realtor® for the Right Results!
Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ - Cranford, NJ
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People don't realize just how easy it is to do some small things that make a big difference.  Over the course of a season, it can add up to significant savings!

Jan 28, 2014 06:09 AM #9
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

This winter people are definitely looking for these types of tips!

Feb 03, 2014 02:14 AM #10
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