Frigid weather is on the way, and you likely will bundle up to keep your body heat in and the cold out. But, have you thought about if your home is appropriately “dressed” for winter?
Here are the top six ways you can help keep the heat in and your heating bills down this winter with little to no cost.
1. Lower your thermostat by just one degree. You’ll hardly notice and this may reduce your heating bill by up to 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2 degrees during the day and 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime, if health conditions permit.
2. Everyone loves a cozy fire on cold days, but make sure to close fireplace dampers when you are not using it. This will help prevent warm air from escaping your home.
3. Sunny out? Open your curtains and blinds that face the sun to warm your home, and close them at night to avoid uncomfortable cold drafts.
4. Set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees. You’ll still be able to enjoy a hot shower, while saving energy at the same time.
5. Rearrange the room. Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers. Open any register or baseboard dampers to allow for maximum heat.
6. Seal up your windows and doorframes. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks and prevent drafts. While you’re at it, install draft guards beneath doors. You can get them at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Safety first! Always wear the appropriate safety equipment for the job such as eye protection, gloves, and a mask to protect against dust. Also make sure to use your ladder safely. Remember to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly – it could save a life.
Want to learn more ways to save money and energy? Visit the PSE&G Home Energy Toolkit. There you can calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find out how to save energy and money on appliances and heating systems.
Stay toasty, my friends!
Frank Vetri- Renewable & Energy Solutions Specialist, PSEG