Energy Saver is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home. This year, they have compiled a list of the most useful winter energy savings tips of 2016. Here are the top five:
- Take Advantage of the Sun’s Natural Heat
When you open the blinds or curtains on your south-facing windows during the day, you allow sunlight to heat your home naturally. Close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
- Keep Drafty Windows Covered
Avoid being exposed to the chill brought in through drafty windows by purchasing and applying a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
- Adjust your Thermostat
Remember to wear layers so that while you’re home and awake, your heater’s temperature stays as low as is comfortable. Turn your thermostat back up ten to fifteen degrees while you’re asleep or away. This method alone can save you around ten percent on your heating bill. Programmable thermostats make it easier to set back your temperature at appropriate times.
- Locate and Seal Leaks or Gaps
Seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs for plumbing pipes, gaps around chimneys. Seal gaps around recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
- Service and Maintain Your Heating Systems
Schedule regular service and maintenance appointments for your heating system.Find out what maintenance is required by you to keep your heating system operating efficiently. Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your furnace or boiler running properly. Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.