SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE ACTIONS CAN HELP SAVE ENERGY DOLLARS DURING THE COLD WINTER SEASON.
Take advantage of heat from the sun (solar gain) by opening curtains on the south-facing windows to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Remember to close them at night to help prevent chilling drafts. This simple action can reduce your winter winter costs significantly!
Cover drafty windows with a clear heavy-duty plastic sheeting. Attach this film to the inside of the window frame as if it was a storm window. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce cold air infiltration. Install tight fitting insulated drapes or blinds on windows where a draft is still present after the weatherization. This is a inexpensive substitution for a window replacement and should be thought of as a temporary fix.
Find a thermostat setting that is low as can be comfortable for your family. Then at night or when you are away from the home for eight hours or more, set the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees. This will save around 10% per year on heating costs! A programmable thermostat is ideal for automatically setting back the thermostat thus insuring energy savings.
Find and seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs (plumbing penetrations), gaps around the chimney, around exterior walls, electrical receptacles and other drafty spaces. Add caulk and weatherstripping to windows and doors where cold air drafts are felt. Double check the level of attic insulation. Is it old and depressed? Can you add more and achieve a new depth of at least 24 inches?
Schedule a tune up and safety inspection of your heating system. This is the best way to save energy dollars, improve your home’s comfort and prolong equipment life. Don’t forget to change air filters, where applicable, on a monthly basis. Also remember to keep storage items away from the heater for safety!
Additional helpful tips.
* Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. Keeping the damper open is like having an open window all winter. * When the fireplace is not used it is advisable to “seal” the flue. * Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees. You will save energy and avoid scalding water.
We invite you to call the ServiceMark team at 1-800-474-5200 to discuss our weatherization procedures and other ways we provide comfort solutions to our customers.