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55 Rules for Cutting Home Heating Bills
Heat your home with energy that is cheapest in your
Consider heating your home with solar heat. It costs
Insulate your water heater. This will pay for itself
Open draperies and shades in winter to let in
Keep thermostat at 68 degrees; 55 degrees at night.
Install an automatic timer.
Heat only those rooms that are in use.
Cut heat loss in half by weather stripping doors and
Check for cracks around fireplace. Keep heat in by
caulking all cracks.
Insulate your attic and all outside walls.
Be sure your thermostat is not located in a normally
cold or hot place.
In winter, set thermostat low. In spring and fall,
turn off heat.
Wear warm (closely knit fabrics) clothing indoors
during cold weather.
When away from home, turn off heat and hot water
Keep windows closed during cold weather.
Inspect your furnace. Keep parts clean. Replace air
filters when necessary.
Wrap heating ducts with duct tape where exposed to
Don't peek into the oven. You lose 20% - 50% of the
heat each time you do.
Have your furnace serviced by an experienced
professional once a year.
Avoid use of kitchen, bathroom fans in winter. They
waste household heat.
Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use.
Make sure that furnace cold air register is not
Check efficiency ratings before purchasing portable
heaters of any kind.
Cooking utensils with flat bottoms and tight fitting
covers save heat.
Be sure pots and pans are right size for range
burners and elements.
Plan some meals so that entire meal can be prepared
in oven at same time.
Thaw frozen meats to almost room temperature before
Never use range or oven to heat the kitchen. This
could prove dangerous.
Turn off oven about 5 minutes before cooking time is
Use storm or thermal windows in cold areas.
During winter months, arrange furniture away from
Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows during winter
Insulate floors over unheated spaces such as crawl
spaces and garage.
Close off attic, garage, basement, spare bedrooms,
storage areas, etc.
An electric blanket is much less expensive than
heating your bedroom.
cover pots and pans when heating liquids.
Install storm doors before cold weather arrives.
seal gaps around pipes, wires, vents. Caulk
Turn off heat when the fireplace is being used.
A glass front or glass screen will reduce fireplace
Dust or vacuum radiator surfaces frequently.
Don't forget to weatherstrip your attic door to
prevent heat from escaping.
Insulate your mattress and bed frame with wrapping
paper or plastic sheets.
Repair holes in roof, walls, doors and windows where
heat may escape.
Check to see that glass in all windows have full
If wood is inexpensive in your area, install a wood
Turn off your furnace pilot light when heat is not
Teach youngsters to keep doors closed and other ways
of conserving heat.
Talk to your utility company for other suggestions
for saving heat
Keep hot water thermostat set at 110-120 degrees.
(Most are set at 140 degrees).
Repair faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 15
gallons of hot water a day.
Install an automatic timer so water is heated only
during hours needed.
Wash clothing in cold water with cold water
Install an aerator on your kitchen sink faucet to
save on hot water.
Save hot water by installing a low-flow showerhead.
"Suds savers" on washers allow you to reuse hot water
for several loads.
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