Related Forum Threads
- Drafts, energy saving, and door snakes Last post on 12/22/08 at 10:16am in Home & Garden
- Making Our Home Efficient is Turning into a Nightmare! Last post on 12/25/08 at 1:43pm in Home & Garden
- Anyone done inventive DIY stuff to save energy? Last post on 7/8/08 at 3:22am in Other Green Stuff & Green Services
- Thermostats that turn off automatically using motion sensors? Last post on 3/6/09 at 5:03pm in Home & Garden
- Turning Trash Into Clean Energy - U.S. Lags Behind Europe Last post on 4/26/10 at 3:56am in Renewable Energy
Frugal Intermediates Guide To Green
Edited on 9/26/11
- How To Save Energy Around The HouseEdited on 3/30/11
- Introducing the Brand New QHC LED High BayEdited on 11/16/12
- How To Make Your Own Solar Food Dehydrator
Related Blog Posts
4 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat, No A/C Required
Published on 5/6/11 by greenUPGRADER
Winter Tip: Turn Down the Heat
Published on 1/12/11 by greenUPGRADER
Winterizing Tip: Insulate Your Attic Door
Published on 12/8/10 by greenUPGRADER
12 Ways to Green Your Swimming Pool (Without Actually Turning it Green)
Published on 7/23/10 by greenUPGRADER
Spotted: Wine Cork Keychains
Published on 6/13/13 by greenUPGRADER
Alphabetical Article List
Keep Your Winter Heating Bills LowPosted 10/13/08 • Last updated 9/26/11 • 846 views • 0 comments
What to do in winter
- Keep your thermostat a bit lower (and wear a sweater). Lowering your thermostat by 1º F can reduce your energy consumption by 2%.
- Get a humidifier. Air with some moisture feels warmer. Even if your thermostat is set lower, this will help you feel warmer. (For example, if you set your thermostat at 69º F with a 35% relative humidity, it will feel just as warm as 72º at 19% relative humidity and will save you roughly 5% in annual heating costs).
- Install a programmable thermostat. Lowering your thermostat by 10 degrees at night can reduce your heating costs by 10 to 20%.
- Replace your furnace filters once a month. This can save you up to 10% on your heating costs.
- Turn off kitchen and bath exhaust fans within twenty minutes of cooking or bathing. Accidentally leaving one of these fans on could remove all the warm air from your home in a little more than an hour.
- Keep your drapes and shades open on the south side of your home. This will allow sunlight in to warm your home naturally. Make sure to close your drapes at night to help reduce chill from windows.
- Insulate your hot water heater tank and pipes (also make sure to drain a quart of water from your tank every three months to remove sediment - this will improve heat transfer and keep your water heater's efficiency up). The easiest way to do this is to get an insulation blanket.
- Weatherstrip and caulk windows. It can save up to 25% of your heating bill.
- Close the heating vents when you're not using a room. Why heat something when it's not in use? Make sure to close the doors to that unused room as well (for added savings, you might consider rolling a small rug and placing it under the door crack to block any gaps). This can save you up to 3%.
- Keep your vents clear when they are in use. If rugs or furniture are blocking your vents, it will affect their efficiency.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed. As heat rises, an open damper will suck warm air out of a room. (If you don't use your fireplace, consider sealing it temporarily.) This can save you 5-15%.
TOTAL SAVINGS PER WINTER:
- How To Save Energy Around The House
Currently, there are 261 Active Users (1 Member and 260 Guests)
- › Earth Day: Top 5 best ways to Green your home for less 1 week, 4 days ago
- › Which is greener: bidets or toilet paper? 1 week, 4 days ago
- › Has anyone tried Sanre organic skinfood products? 2 weeks, 1 day ago
- › Recommendations for Green Apps? 3 weeks ago
- › The EV-Hater's Guide to Hating Electric Cars 3 weeks, 1 day ago
- › Your Running Shoes’ Carbon Footprint 3 weeks, 4 days ago
- › Reducing Energy Cost through Boiler Efficiency 3 weeks, 4 days ago
- › Conservation before Generation 4 weeks, 1 day ago
- › Ban Plastic Water Bottles 4 weeks, 2 days ago
- › Boiler-House Renovation at Unilever Saves 25% Energy with VLT Aqua... 4 weeks, 2 days ago
- › Fiber Element Bamboo sheet set by tw6852
- › Brush with Bamboo - Ecological Bamboo Toothbrush Family Pack by jtangerine
- › Ed Phillips & Sons Co. Prairie Organic Vodka by CWeller
- › Coeconut 100% Organic Vegan Lip Balm by coeconut
- › Method bloq body lotion by cybergrannie
- › Frazer 3- Tier Clothes Drying Rack by Rubee53
- › Lochinvar Knight Mod/Con boiler by tito
- › Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber by smoore
- › Pegasus Cottage Collection 1.28 GPF Flapperless Toilet by Fredeliot
- › Nature's Path Organic Toaster Pastries by smoore
- › Thinking Outside the Rooftop by SolarReviews
- › The Role of Politics in the Planning of Wind... by leahjarratt
- › How to distinguish poor quality LED light and... by floodlights
- › How to Recycle With House Clearances by Fleur
- › Starwood Hotels & Resorts Starts its... by SolarReviews
- › How to choose qualified LED lighting by floodlights
- › Build Your Green Home by Thomas Caulen
- › Brazil Prepares for the 2014 World Cup With... by SolarReviews
- › How to choose healthy environmental... by floodlights
- › Britain Needs EU to Save Its Greenery by SamsonEd