Slash Your Heating Bills

Making these easy, inexpensive changes will slash your heating bill this winter.

| December 2005/January 2006

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    Making these easy, inexpensive changes will save you big bucks this winter.
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    Typical savings from reducing your annual heating fuel use by 10 percent.
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    Heating systems come in many varieties. An efficient woodstove can make a great space heater.
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    Improve the efficiency of your furnace by hiring a professional to test ducts in your house for leaks that need repair.
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This winter, many people are facing much higher heating bills. The costs of fuel oil and electricity are rising, and natural gas prices are up to 50 percent higher than last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

As fuel prices rise, it’s tempting to look for the single solution that will shave off a large part of your heating bill, but there are numerous ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Many of these are simple, inexpensive steps that can reduce your energy use and bring you immediate savings. You also should keep in mind home improvements that will lead to long-term savings, including purchasing more efficient windows, additional insulation or an energy-efficient heating system. When you’re building a home, remodeling or buying a new heating system, choosing the most energy-efficient options can bring you significant savings over time.

Over the past 12 years, I’ve had the enjoyable job of performing energy audits in thousands of homes, both new and old. What I like to tell people is that energy efficiency shouldn’t be a hardship - in fact, it can be very rewarding. Not only is increasing the energy efficiency of your home a step toward a sustainable use of fuel and less pollution, it also offers you greater security and independence, lower energy bills and can make your home a more comfortable place to live.

Adjust the Thermostat

The most obvious way to reduce your fuel use is to turn down the thermostat. Think of it as a valve between your fuel supplier and your wallet. For every degree you turn it down, you will use up to 3 percent less heating energy. A 10-degree setback overnight or while you’re at work will cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent.



When you use a programmable thermostat, you save energy without even thinking about it - simply adjust the settings to turn the temperature down automatically while you’re away from home. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take long to heat your home to a comfortable level - only about 15 minutes. Never adjust the thermostat above the desired temperature; doing so will not heat your home any faster.

Some heating systems allow you to provide temperature control to different heat “zones” in the house. If you are installing a new heating system, make sure you have enough zone control to keep seldom-used areas of the house at cooler temperatures.

Joel_5
10/31/2009 3:27:06 PM

This takes only a few minutes. If you have a forced air system, and especially if you have floor registers, get out the duct tape. Lift the register grates out and tape the inside of the duct and lap over onto your floor enough that the grate will cover the tape. Most ducts are "toe nailed" with one or two nails when installed. There's a big air gap all around the duct. Cold loves to penetrate warm space. Also, take a look at the plumbing under sinks. It passes through the wall. Pull back the beauty ring from the wall and you'll probably see a hole bigger than the pipe (drain or supply lines) that you can seal with your duct tape. It's also a good idea to stuff a little steel wool or old plastic dishwashing scrubbers in the hole to keep bugs out before you apply the tape. Stay warm.


Cindy Adams_1
9/8/2008 9:32:02 PM

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