HTP - Sep 29, 2015
100 Ways To Save Energy At Home
At HTP, we are always interested in ways we can save energy in our everyday lives. We came across this article from Progress-Energy.com on "100 ways to save energy at home." Below are their tips for saving energy on heating.
- Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
- Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
- Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
- Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
- Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
- Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F.
- Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.
- Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half.
- Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
- Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it.
- Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.
- Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.