Follow these tips for conserving energy in the winter season:
- Close blinds, window shades and curtains at night to reduce heat transfer.
- Turn down your thermostat.
- Ensure your air filter is clean and air is able to flow unrestricted.
- Unplug electrical devices not being used, especially items such as chargers that use power even when they are not being used.
- Keep doors and windows closed if you are using your heating system.
- Check for and repair air leaks around doors and windows.
- Other air leaks can be found around electrical outlets, outside faucets, where your air conditioning lines enter the home, fireplace or any location where the outside wall has been penetrated
- Check the thermostat setting of your hot water heater, reduce to 120 to 140 degrees.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off computers when not being used.
- Turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room.
- Clean the coils of dust and dirt on the back of your refrigerator and freezers.
- Ensure your heating system’s air registers do not have anything blocking them.
- Minimize use of exhaust fans.
- Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Higher humidity can make if feel warmer than dry air at the same temperature.
For more tips, please go to the EnergySavers website.