In winter, set thermostat low.
In spring and fall, turn off heat.
Wear warm (closely knit fabrics)
clothing indoors during cold weather.
When away from home, turn off
heat and hot water heater.
Keep windows closed during cold
Inspect your furnace. Keep parts
clean. Replace air filters when necessary.
Wrap heating ducts with duct
tape where exposed to cold air.
Don't peek into the oven. You
lose 20% - 50% of the heat each time you do.
Have your furnace serviced by
an experienced professional once a year.
Avoid use of kitchen, bathroom
fans in winter. They waste household heat.
Keep fireplace damper closed
when not in use.
Make sure that furnace cold
air register is not obstructed.
Check efficiency ratings before
purchasing portable heaters of any kind.
Cooking utensils with flat bottoms
and tight fitting covers save heat.
Be sure pots and pans are right
size for range burners and elements.
Plan some meals so that entire
meal can be prepared in oven at same time.
Thaw frozen meats to almost
room temperature before cooking.
Never use range or oven to heat
the kitchen. This could prove dangerous.
Turn off oven about 5 minutes
before cooking time is over.
Use storm or thermal windows
in cold areas.
During winter months, arrange
furniture away from outside walls.
Saving Money On Home Heating
Remove awnings from sun-exposed
windows during winter months.
Insulate floors over unheated
spaces such as crawl spaces and garage.
Close off attic, garage, basement,
spare bedrooms, storage areas, etc.
An electric blanket is much
less expensive than heating your bedroom.
Cover pots and pans when heating
Install storm doors before cold
Seal gaps around pipes, wires,
vents. Caulk baseboards.
Turn off heat when the fireplace
is being used.
A glass front or glass screen
will reduce fireplace heat loss.
Dust or vacuum radiator surfaces
Don't forget to weatherstrip
your attic door to prevent heat from escaping.
Insulate your mattress and bed
frame with plastic sheets.
Repair holes in roof, walls,
doors and windows where heat may escape.
Check to see that glass in all
windows have full putty.
If wood is inexpensive in your
area, install a wood burning stove.
Turn off your furnace pilot
light when heat is not necessary.
Teach youngsters to keep doors
closed and other ways of conserving heat.
Talk to your utility company
for other suggestions for saving heat.
How To Save On Hot Water
Keep hot water thermostat set
at 110-120 degrees. (Most are set at 140 degrees).
Repair faucets. A dripping faucet
can waste 15 gallons of hot water a day.
Install an automatic timer so
water is heated only during hours needed.
Wash clothing in cold water
with cold water detergent.
Install an aerator on your kitchen
sink faucet to save on hot water.
Save hot water by installing
a low-flow shower head.
"Suds savers" on washers
allow you to reuse hot water for several loads.