Quick tips for staying warm this winter
You can stay comfortable indoors without sending your
thermostat - and energy bill – through the roof. Here are
a few tips on cold-weather conservation.
- Check weather stripping on exterior doors and windows.
Adjust or replace it if you can see light or feel a draft.
- Check ceiling and crawl spaces to ensure there is adequate
- Check your furnace and heat pump filters once a month.
Replace if dirty.
- Close fireplace damper and glass doors when fireplace is
not in use. Don't use your fireplace in the coldest
- Fix broken ducts and replace cracked or peeling tape on
ducts. Use tape with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
logo and labeled for heating ducts.
- Check to make sure foundation vents are closed for the
winter. If your vents do not close, taping a piece of plastic
on the outside will help considerably.
- In the evening, close your drapes to retain heat. Make sure
heating registers are not covered by the drapes or furniture.
- Lower your thermostat at night and when not at home. Use a
programmable thermostat if you have a heat pump.
- Dress warmer on colder days; it's less expensive than
turning up the heat.
- Take advantage of natural daylight as much as possible.
Tips for winter AND the rest of the year:
- Use energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LEDs.
- Upgrade to efficient ENERGY STAR appliances.
- Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees.
- Use the cold water setting for clothes washer loads.
- Keep your refrigerator at 38 degrees and freezer at 10
Need more ideas? Call our Conservation Department at