Is your Home Ready for Winter?
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas; soon your days will be filled with eggnog swigging, gift wrapping, and tree decorating. It also means temperatures will be falling.
So while you gear up for holiday cheer, make sure your home is ready to take on the winter months ahead (and your relatives!).
Here are some tips to save energy–and your hard earned dough:
1. Install a programmable thermostat and set it to lower the temperature at night and when no one is home. Lowering your thermostat by 10 degrees at night can reduce your heating bill by 10 to 20%.
2. Open south-facing window curtains, drapes and blinds during the day. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
3. Weatherstrip and caulk windows. Check window frames for cracks and fill them, which can help seal large cracks and save you up to 5% on your energy bill.
4. Make sure the water heater is set no higher than 125 degrees. Drain off a bucket of hot water from your water heater annually to remove sediment that will interfere with the heater”s long-term use.
5. Never use a traditional fireplace for supplemental heating. A fireplace actually sucks heated air out of your home to fuel the fire and exhausts it through the chimney, so your furnace has replace that warm air.
Now you’re ready to cozy up to your loved ones while you sing Bing Crosby around the fire (or is that just Stan?)