Use Caulk and Weather Stripping Windows and doors aren't the only spots where warm air leaks out of the house. Keep an eye out for places where two types of building materials meet -- corners, chimneys, and around pipes and wires. Thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, paying particular attention to areas around chimneys, furnace flues, pipes, electrical outlets, windows, and doors. Fill small leaks with caulk and make sure weatherstripping around doors and windows is in good condition. Check back over the [...]
Tip #7 - Be Diligent About Maintenance Just like any other major appliance, a furnace needs regular tune-ups. Keeping it clean and properly adjusted helps it run efficiently and prolongs its lifespan. A clean, well-maintained furnace can save you another five percent on your heating bill. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install a Programmable Thermostat ✓ Reduce Drafts ✓ Change Furnace Filters ✓ Run Ceiling Fans [...]
Tip #6: Turn Down the Hot Water Heater The standard setting for a hot water heater is 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but The Simple Dollar notes that dialing down to 120 degrees, which is still plenty warm, can push energy costs down by 6 to 10 percent. Other strategies, such as a tankless or solar water heater, may have a bigger impact but require an initial investment of at least several hundred dollars. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and [...]
Tip #5: Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse Changing the direction of a ceiling fan can shave as much as 10 percent off monthly heating bills. Flip the switch on the base of the fan to turn the traditional counterclockwise rotation to a clockwise rotation that pushes warm air back into circulation. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install a Programmable Thermostat ✓ Reduce Drafts ✓ Change Furnace [...]
Filters should be cleaned or replaced monthly during the cold season.
It's estimated that seven to 12 percent of heat loss in a home can be blamed on leaky windows and doors. According to the Department of Energy, covering up drafty windows and doors and sealing leaks will help you realize savings of up to 30 percent on energy bills. There are several easy and low-cost ways to do this.
Installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat means you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn down the heat before leaving the house or going to bed.
While the holidays ushered in family, glad tidings and lots of gifts, you may have been too busy to notice that they also heralded something else. Yup, the winter solstice snuck in just before Christmas and with it the official start of winter. Colder weather will be here for a few months, but there’s no reason to freeze or to go broke keeping your house warm. So grab a sweater or a cup of hot cocoa and curl up to learn how to lower your heating costs this winter.
No more obsessively monitoring your oil tank, or remembering to schedule your next delivery, and you can definitely stop worrying about running out of oil. There is a better way! Sign up for automatic heating oil delivery; it's that simple!
The summer heat is gone, and most of us were glad to say goodbye to the high humidity that came with it. You know, the kind that causes that sticky, wet feeling, bad hair days, and keeps your air conditioning running on overtime. So why then, would you possibly want to use a humidifier in the winter?