Warm air leaking out of your home during winter may be wasting some of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weather-strip seams, cracks, and openings to the outside. You can also save energy dollars by:
- Lowering your thermostat as low as comfortable. Lower the setting a few more degrees when you’re entertaining to avoid overheating guests and save even more.
- Clean or replace furnace filters monthly.
- Use kitchen, bath and other fans only as needed. These fans can drain warm air from your home.
- Keep draperies and blinds open on the south side of your home to let sunlight help with heating. Remember to close them at night to avoid loss of warm air.
- When the fireplace isn’t in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed for smoke to escape so until you close it, warm air escapes, 24-hours a day.