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Energy Saving Tips Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:58 PM

Just a few small changes in your household routines can add up over the year to big savings on your utility bills. Today Oil Prices has tips on how to reduce your energy costs.

Low-Cost, No-Cost Energy Saving Tips

  • Thermostat Advice . Set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting and leave it alone during the day. Overnight, lower the setting by 5 to 10º. Use your judgment if someone is elderly or ill. Check your thermostat location – make sure your thermostat is not affected by drafts that will give you an incorrect reading.
  • Seal the Hatches. Use weather-stripping around all attic stairwells and insulate attic door with rigid board insulation to reduce heat loss.
  • Electric Outlets. Stop cold air infiltration from electric switch and plug outlets by using draft blockers.
  • Seal the Outside. Caulk around foundation walls, pipe outlets, clothes dryer vents, and any other gaps on the outside of your house. Weather-strip your garage door to reduce drafts. Tape or cover unused keyholes.
  • Install door sweeps to inside doors adjacent to the garage and doors adjacent to the outside.
  • Ventilation. Attic and crawl space vents should be left open all year to prevent moisture problems.If your home lacks attic vents, consult a contractor.
  • Window Habits. Open curtains and/or shades of east, south, and west-facing windows on sunny days to let the sun heat your home.Close them at night. Keep draperies closed all day on north facing windows. Repair cracked or missing windowpanes. Keep storm windows and doors tightly closed.
  • Unused Rooms.Close all hot air vents or radiators in unused rooms. Then close the door to those rooms securely, using draft guards at the door bottoms if necessary. CAUTION: If you do have a radiator hot water system, be sure that the temperature of the unused room does not get so cold that it falls below freezing.
  • Unblocking Heat. Check all the places where heat enters the room. Make sure drapes and furniture do not interfere with the flow of heat.
  • Add Humidity . Humidity usually makes you feel more comfortable at the same temperature. Use a room or furnace humidifier or keep shallow pans of water on radiator tops or near hot air vents.
  • Clean Burners . Your heating system should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. In addition, if you have an oil-fired system, ask your heating contractor about the possibility of reducing the nozzle size of your oil burner.
  • Radiator Recommendation . Make or buy reflectors to place behind radiators to increase heat reflection into the room. During the heating season, remove radiator covers that interfere with heating efficiency.
  • Furnace Filters . During the hearing season, check the filters on your forced-air furnace every month. Replace as necessary.
  • Heating Ducts . Use foil tape or mastic to cover any gaps or cracks on the ducts of your forced air heating system.
  • Fireplace Use . The best way to conserve energy with fireplaces is not to use them. When used, they draw warm air from adjacent rooms and send it up the chimney. If you do not want to block off your fireplace permanently, keep the damper tightly closed when not in use. Use thermo-glass doors to cover the face of the fireplace to reduce heat loss.
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