Weatherization Tips of the Month for October

 

Heating

Turn your thermostat down 5°.
Each degree saves about 2% on your heating bill.  Five degrees would save about $100 on a $1000 annual heating bill.  Install a programmable thermostat, and it will do the work for you.

Make sure heat can get into the room.
Keep furniture and drapes from blocking radiators, heat registers, and return vents.

If you’re purchasing a new heating system, look for an ENERGY STAR-qualified system.
These are the most energy-efficient models on the market and will save energy and money while helping the environment.

Have a professional inspect and tune-up your furnace.
An oil-burning furnace should be checked once a year, and gas-burning furnaces should be checked every two or three years.  This can save up to 10% on your heating costs.

If you have hot water or steam heat, check water levels.
A heating contractor can tell you how to add more water and give you some tips to make your system work better.

If you have a forced-air furnace or a heat pump, check the filter each month.
Clean or replace it as needed.

Never use the stove to heat your home!
It’s expensive and very dangerous.