With energy costs increasing over last season, many Grand Country area homeowners are looking for ways to cut their energy usage and save money this heating season.
Insulate ceilings to R-38 levels if your attic has less than R-19. Caulk around windows, doors and anywhere air is leaking in or out. Apply weatherstriping around windows and doors. Wrap heating and cooling ducts with duct wrap.
Lower the Thermostat
Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees. Even better, upgrade to a smart thermostat that learns your routine and turns the heat down when the home is unoccupied.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Clean or replace furnace filters regularly, following manufacturer's instructions. Schedule annual heating system maintenance.
Replace Old Windows and Doors
Replace old windows and doorswith new, high performance multi-pane windows with a better efficiency rating.
Use Window Coverings
Install insulated window shades and open them on sunny days to help warm rooms.
Close Off Unused Fireplaces
Close fireplace dampers when it is not being used. Avoid relying on fireplaces for home heating, they are no where near as efficient as central heating and can make outlying rooms colder.
Set the water heater thermostat at 140 degrees or "normal."
Use an insulated water heater blanket
Install energy-saver showerheads
Wash your laundry using a cold water detergent
Repair Plumbing Fixtures
Fix or replace defective plumbing valves or dripping faucets. A single dripping water faucet can waste over 200 gallons of water a month.
Wash only full loads in a dishwasher
Use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. If operating instructions allow, turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle, open the door and let the dishes dry naturally.