your Heating Costs Now.
As homeowners continue
through an economic recession, finding ways to save on energy costs to
their home this winter is important. The following list show ten simple
you can do now to save on your heating costs this winter.
1) Replace your
thermostat with a
programmable electronic thermostat to eliminate wasteful energy
programmable thermostat enables you to automatically adjust temperature
to energy saving levels.
2) Install weather
windows and doors. Sealing your house prevents your heat from
saving you more. Storm doors and windows can also help reduce heating
costs. Also consider caulking and cracks in the siding.
3) Make sure your home
insulated, especially in the attic. The best energy savings can
obtained through an adequately insulated attic.
4) Let the sunshine
natural warmth of the sunlight can assist heating your home. Open the
and curtains on sunny days.
5) Ceiling fans are inexpensive and circulate warm air back down when
reverse direction. This help push the warm air that rises and is
at the ceiling level.
6) Have your furnace
inspected to ensure it is running efficiently.
7) Winter dryness is
caused by using
a heater. To maintain comfort in the winter control the humidity
in your home. Room humidifiers can increase the comfort level in
8) Adjust the vents to
your home. Partially close the vents on the upper level so more
will be directed to the lower level.
9) Inspect air filters
for dust. Clean and replace filters as needed. For the first year you
home, replace the air filter every month. Afterwards, every other month.
10) Keep your
closed unless a fire is going. Keeping the damper open is like keeping
wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the
This is just a short
list of things
you can do now to save money on your heating costs this winter.
items to consider include changing your light bulbs to more-efficient
sealing any cracks or gaps in ductwork and by insulating the ducts,
the temperature on your water heater, and purchase only Energy Star