How to Save on Energy This Winter

Tips on how to save on energy this winter, including helpful advice for heating the home, maintaining appliances, water temperature, and more.


| November/December 1975



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Since moist air holds heat better than dry, your home will stay warmer at less cost, if you keep its relative humidity at 35 to 40%.


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This article provides a long list of helpful tips on how to save on energy this winter, including advice on appliances, maintenance of heaters, temperature control in the home, and more. 

How to Save on Energy this Winter

Substantial amounts of household heat are lost through single-pane windows like these. Storm windows, or plastic sheeting taped over the frames, can cut the leakage in half . . . and closed drapes — or, better yet, insulated shutters — reduce heat loss even more.

This bundled-up sleeper has the right idea: You can cut heating costs as much as 15% just by turning the thermostat down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at bedtime. Use quilts, warm night wear, and — if you like — furry bedfellows to take the bite out of chilly winter nights.

Chilly drafts like to sneak into a house through cracks at the edges of door and window frames. Caulking and weather stripping are inexpensive do-it-yourself projects which can slice 10% or more off the average household's energy bill.

Since moist air holds heat better than dry, your home will stay warmer at less cost, if you keep its relative humidity at 35 to 40%. Although a humidifier like this one is ideal, pans of water on radiators — or a good collection of houseplants — will also help.

For satisfactory temperature control, a thermostat is best located in a draft-free spot — always on an interior wall — and at least three feet from lamps, TV sets, and other heat–generating appliances.





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