Frigid weather might be here to stay, and you likely have been bundling up to keep your body heat in and the cold out. But, have you thought about if your home is appropriately “dressed” for winter?
Here are some ways you can help keep the heat in and your heating bills down throughout the winter with little to no cost.
- Lower your thermostat by just one degree. You’ll hardly notice and this may reduce your heating bill by up to 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2 degrees during the day and 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime, if health conditions permit. Considering a programmable or smart thermostat to lower your thermostat automatically.
- Everyone loves a cozy fire on cold days, but make sure to close fireplace dampers when you are not using it. This will help prevent warm air from escaping your home.
- Ceiling fans aren’t just for the summer. In the winter, you want the ceiling fan to slowly spin clockwise to push the air upward towards the ceiling. This will circulate warm air near the ceiling down the walls and towards the occupants in the room.
- Replace old windows. Replace old, drafty windows with new energy-efficient windows for added insulation and less heat loss.
- Rearrange the room. Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers. Open any register or baseboard dampers to allow for maximum heat.
- Seal up your windows and door frames. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks and prevent drafts. While you’re at it, install draft stoppers beneath doors. You can get them at your local hardware or home improvement store. Also be sure to remove or cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts.
Safety first! Always wear the appropriate safety equipment for the job such as eye protection, gloves, and a mask to protect against dust. Also make sure to use your ladder safely. Remember to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly – it could save a life.
Want to learn more ways to save money and energy? Visit the PSEG Long Island Home Energy Analyzer. There you can calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find out how to save energy and money on appliances and heating systems.