Heating systems use more energy than any other system in your home. Here are some tips on how to stay warm this winter, and still “Go Green”.
Fact: Lowering the thermostat by just one degree Fahrenheit can reduce energy use by 3 percent.
Fact: In the winter, set your thermostat at 60 degrees Fahrenheit when you are sleeping or away. Set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are at home. This will save 10 percent or more on your heating bills every winter.
– The sun’s energy can have a noticeable effect on the temperature in your home, especially from windows facing south and west. Keep window shades and drapes open during winter months to let in the sun’s radiant heat.
– Don’t depend on thermostat settings; go by your own comfort. Keep the temperature where you are comfortable wearing a light sweater.
– When the house is cold, don’t “overset” the thermostat for temperature recovery. The house won’t heat any faster.
– Use ceiling fans to circulate warm air – reversible ceiling fans are best, as they can circulate warm air without passing a breeze over your skin.
– If you are going out of town for the holidays, please unplug your decorative lights and unplug any appliances you are not using. TV’s and clocks are really the only things that need to remain plugged in.