Looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around the home this winter? There are many common-sense things you can do everyday in your home to lower energy bills:
Tip #1: Lock your windows. Don’t just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and drafts.
Tip #2: Close the doors (and the heating vents) in rooms with minimal use, like walk-in closets, laundry rooms and guest bedrooms, to reduce heat use in those areas.
Tip #3: Turn off lights when leaving a room.
Tip #4: Get free solar heat by opening the blinds and shades on your windows during the day.
Tip #5: Chill out and do your laundry in cold water.
Tip #6: Add a sweater and lower the thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you may be able to save 5 percent on heating costs.
Tip #7: Run only full loads in your dishwasher.
Tip #8: Remove lint often from your clothes dryer and its outside vent. And, run your dryer in the evening, when the extra heat helps warm your house.
Tip #9: Plug power-draining computers and electronic equipment into a power strip with a switch, so they can all be easily turned off when not in use.
Tip #10: Snuggle up under more blankets at night and turn your heat down lower to reduce energy costs.