Winter Energy Saving Tips

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Real Estate Agent with Crystal Coast Broker # 305625

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Quick Tips: Simple ways to make your heating system run more efficiently

  • Pay attention to the thermostat. Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and you can still be comfortable. It's a matter of personal preference, but setting your thermostat to 68°F can help you save energy.

  •  Check forced-air furnace filters regularly and clean or replace them as often as once a month during the heating season. Shake reusable filters outside or spray them with a garden hose. Be sure they're dry before replacing.

  • Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation. Blinds also can insulate, but they aren't as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night, and during the day if it's particularly cold.

  • Keep drapes and furniture clear of heaters and vents.

  • Don't block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns. Air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.

Long-term Solutions: Winterize your home now, save energy later

Installing energy-saving measures in your home can reduce your energy use during colder weather.

Insulation

  • Add more insulation in the attic if it has less than six inches.
  • Check crawlspaces, and replace any damaged or loose insulation; or add more if needed.

Air sealing

  • Seal air leaks around doors with weather stripping.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks around windows, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, attic access hatches and where utilities enter the house.

Heating system

  • Have your heating system tuned up for maximum efficiency.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can be set back automatically at night and while you're away from home during the day.
  • Seal heating ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces

Comments (6)

Melissa Polce
ERA, Wilkinson Real Estate Charlotte - Huntersville, NC
Lake to Land, I've Got It Covered!

thanks so much for the great information, much continued success!

Nov 12, 2009 01:09 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

We switched to a programmable thermostat and it saved us the cost of the thermostat the first month and just keeps on saving every month.

Nov 12, 2009 01:12 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Here's an oldie:  If you have southern facing windows and the sun is out, open your curtains to catch as much sunshine as possible.  Then to really "heat things up", put large massive objects in the sunlight to absorb the heat.  Then when the sun goes down, close the curtains.  The large objects that absorbed the heat become heat sources. 

Its called thermal mass.

Some homes are incorporating passive heat systems by installing thermal capture systems using water and massive water columns in the house that are decorated to look like architectural columns.

Even large buckets of water placed in the sunshine and moved to other parts of the house will help provide some heating.  A bit of work but it does work!

 

Nov 12, 2009 01:16 AM
David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Good tips Debbie

Nov 12, 2009 01:20 AM
Jason Simonson
Menomonie, WI
Realty Executives - Menomonie WI

Thank you for the tips Debbie.

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Nov 12, 2009 01:57 AM
Dawn Tittsworth
ReMax Patriots 717-676-0189 - Stewartstown, PA
Realtor - Buyers York County

York Pennsylvania here!

 

Thanks!  These are all wonderfule tip for my clients and my family! :)

 

Dawn

Nov 13, 2009 04:47 AM