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Today, we would like to continue our review of the more than 500 home energy (electricity, heating, cooling, water heating, etc.) and clean water conservation ideas contained in our Energy Savings Guide by beginning to review the many suggestions for saving on your home’s heating bill this winter which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. Yes, these are both free money savings tips and energy conservation tips all in one.
Some parts of the United States and many areas in Canada and Western Europe have already experienced their first snow fall of the winter season. So, no time like the present, eh?
Remember, you can view the entire list of our space heating savings ideas by using the vertical scroll bar on the listing below. As well, if you use the horizontal scroll bar, you can see more information about these money savings tips such as ease of implementation, financial payback, and more.
Number 241, Seasonally Open / Close Window Coverings. During the summer and early fall we got into the habit of keeping the blinds and drapes of our windows inside our home closed during the day to prevent the sunlight from heating up the already hot interior, causing our air conditioner to work longer and increase our electric utility bills. In the winter, we need to reverse that habit. During the day, keep the blinds and drapes open during the day to let the sun’s ultra-violet, or UV, rays enter the home directly to help heat the inside and reduce the frequency and duration that the furnace comes on. Just a simple change of habit.
Number 242, Seasonally Adjust Light/Heavy Drapes. Many people have two sets of drapes for their windows; a heavy set for the summer to keep the sun’s UV rays out and a lighter set in the winter to let them in. Or, other situations see the reverse. Some people live in areas where it gets colder in the winter compared to how hot it gets in the summer. These folks use a heavier drape in the winter to keep the coldness from entering the home through the windows. Which ever is your situation, if you do have two sets of blinds or drapes for your windows, consider doing the reverse in the winter of what you did in the summer. Remember, only you know your particular needs.
Number 243, Ensure Doors Closed When Furnace Running, and Number 244, Ensure Windows Closed When Furnace Running. Unlike the fall when we might leave windows open and have only the screen door closed to let the fresh outside air in, we want to change the habit and get used to keeping the door to the front or side or back of our homes closed at all times when the furnace is on in the winter; otherwise you might as well be trying to heat your entire neighbourhood. As well, do give one last check of all the windows in every room to be sure that they are not only really closed but also locked when the winter heating season comes on. I’m always finding one or two windows that look both locked and closed but are not. Many different types of windows are not really shut tight as they can be until they are actually locked using the window’s locking mechanism.
Number 245, Close Vents in Unused Rooms. Great idea. Why waste heated air by having it go into a room that is not being used. If you close the its air vents, the heated air from the furnace will go into other areas of the home which are being used to warm them up more quickly to your thermostat’s temperature setting, causing your furnace to run shorter durations and thereby use less energy (natural gas, home heating oil, etc.) and save you money.
Number 246, Close Doors in Unused Rooms. Why are you paying to heat a room that is not being used for periods at a time in the winter? Close the door (as well as its heating vents) so the heated air only has to circulate in the areas of the home that are being used.
Number 247, Layered Clothing In Winter. Naturally, one no longer goes simply wears only a T-shirt in the winter. If you do you are either constantly catching cold and flu, or you are keeping your home way, way to warm and thereby spending way more money to heat your home than you need to be spending.
Number 248, Sleep Under Extra Blankets. We could have added here to also sleep under thicker, heavier, warmer blankets in the winter to keep you sufficiently warm at night as you have turned the temperature way down when you sleep.
Number 249, Close Glass Door on Fireplace When Off. When the damper is open, the fireplace is nothing more than a big hole to the outside through which heat escapes causing your furnace to run more than it should and thus costing you month through higher heating utility bills in the winter. Sure, keep the glass doors open when you are using your wood or natural gas or electric fireplace to help heat your home. However, when you are finished using it, especially at night when you are off to bed, remember to close the glass doors to prevent as much heat from your home escaping up the chimney.
Number 250, Turn Down Heat At Night. Simply get into the habit of turning the temperature down a few minutes before you go to bed. No need to be heating the house at the same temperature you use when people are home during the day. If you are a (highly recommended) programmable thermostat, remember to set the temperature down several degrees for the night time compared to the setting when you are home during the day.
Number 251, Turn Down Heat When Out for Errand.Even if you have a programmable thermostat, it does not mean that you can forget about managing your home’s inside temperature. If you are going out to the movies, or grocery shopping, or any type of errand for any length of time, why not turn the temperature setting on your thermostat, programmable or manual, down several degrees. No need to heat the house at the same rate when you are not home as when you are during the day.
Number 252, Turn Down Heat When at Work. Programmable thermostats typically have week day vs weekend settings which allow you to have the home set to a lower temperature when you are out at work. If you have a manual thermostat, just get into the habit to turn it down (to the same setting you use for the night time, or even lower) before you leave for work.
Number 253, Turn Off Heat During Day, Number 254, Turn Off Heat At Night, Number 255, Turn Off Heat When Out for Errand. Personally, I do not recommend turning of the heat during the winter. Too many things unexpected things can occur. What if something happens to the switch to turn the heat back on? What if you are out for longer than you think or what if it gets colder than you think and the pipes inside the house start to freeze? What about the well being of any pets or fish in fish tanks in your home if it gets colder than you anticipate when you are away with the heat turned off? What if …… and so on.
You can turn the temperature setting on your thermostat sufficiently low so that the heat will only come on when the home reaches very cool temperatures inside..
Why did I include these suggestions in our Un-Official Guide? Well, remember, our collection of energy and water conservation tips for the home is made up of literally hundreds of contributions from visitors to DailyHomeRenoTips.com. These were suggestions they made to us which work for them in their particular situation. No two situations are alike.
To continue going through the money savings and energy conservation suggestions to reduce your home’s heat expense this winter which will cost you absolutely no money to do, simply select this link to Part 2.
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