6 Ways to Save on Heating Costs This Winter01/01/2018
Whether your home is heated by natural gas, electricity or a wood-burning heater, there are a number of measures you can take now to save energy and money on your home heating costs this winter.
1. Turn on ceiling fans
We usually think of using our ceiling fans during the warmer weather. However, since warm air rises, run your ceiling fan in reverse to bring it back down to floor level. First, make sure you remove any dust from the fan blades by wiping them down. Use a damp Libman Flexible Microfiber Wand to reach and clean the blades.
2. Seal cracks from the inside
Check the inside of the home for cracks and drafts. Culprits where warm air leaks out: Around windows, electrical outlets on exterior walls, cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around the chimney, recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets
3. Use plastic around the inside of your windows.
If there are still drafts coming in from your windows, considering investing in a window insulation kit that allows you to safely tape plastic along your window and unused door frames to create a seal and prevent warm air from leaking out. For the tape to stick well to the surface, be sure first to wipe dust off with a Libman Microfiber Sponge Cloth.
4. Change your air filter regularly
It’s important your heating system is working at an optimal level. A dirty filter makes your pump word harder which can leader to higher bills. Check your filter regularly and change it out if it’s dirty.
5. Lower your water temperature
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. You can save energy and money by turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).
6. Shut your fireplace damper
When there's no fire, keeping the damper shut tight prevents cold outside air from entering the house. This helps create energy efficiency.
Sources: Energy.gov, Today’s Homeowner, Insurance Information Institute