As a homeowner it pays to follow these energy savings tips. You’ll not only keep heating bills low, but you’ll also avoid freezing pipes and the devastating mess they can cause.
The best course of action is to keep your heating system operating at peak efficiency
Having your furnace cleaned and tuned annually can not only save you money, it can also significantly reduce breakdowns and extend the life of your equipment. Check out our convenient service plans to ensure annual maintenance and savings when things to go awry.
Let us take care of the equipment for you, but a few simple steps can make a big impact on your fuel savings. Follow this simple check list when preparing for the winter chill:
- Closing damper in the fireplace when not in use
- Checking windows, doors, and even electrical outlets for drafts – weather stripping and caulking can help lessen or stop drafts.
- Close storm windows as well if you have them.
- Keeping blinds and/or drapes open during the day to let sun warm the living area
- Do not turn the thermostat down more than 8 degrees from where you normally keep it, as it takes more fuel to bring the house back to a comfortable temp.
- Use lined drapes or curtains to stop drafts
- During extreme cold keep house at a steady temp to avoid the risk of pipes freezing.
- Make sure exposed pipes or poorly insulated walls where pipes can freeze, are warmer than usual.
- Consider keeping faucets dripping and cabinet doors under sinks open to allow heat to flow without obstruction.
Want to take it up a notch? Visit Energy.gov for a DIY home energy audit.