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Reduce Utility Bills

December 31, 2007

Quick Fix For Drafts

Filed under: Electricity, Natural Gas — Jan @ 10:48 am

Eliminating drafts will reduce heating as well as cooling costs. At night when the sun is down (or in the middle of the day in the summer), run hand along windows and doorways to feel for drafts of cold or hot air entering the home. Once drafty areas are identified, take steps to eliminate the drafts.

When time, costs, or skill prevent the use of weather stripping around windows, tape can be used instead. It may not be attractive and may give your home that redneck look, but it is inexpensive and quick temporary fix. Duct tape or packing tape work well. This only works for windows that are not being used.CAUTION-some tape will damage walls and be difficult to remove from glass.
Use weather stripping around doors. Be certain it is positioned properly to prevent hot air (or cool air in the summer) from escaping and cold air (hot air in the summer) from entering a home. Putting a door draft stopper at the bottom of the door is helpful. There are many different styles that can be purchased or made using foam, stuffing, or a combination of cedar shavings and sand.

Some glass windows hold outside temperatures and it is transfered to the inside. Heavy curtains or curtain liners can block the cold (or heat in the summer) from windows, minimizing the effect on temperature change in a home.

Limit trips outside and the drafts that occur every time the door is opened. Prepare before leaving the house so the door isn’t left open any longer than needed and a second trip isn’t made to retrieve a forgotten gloves or other items. Be sure doors are completely shut every time they are used.

Eliminating and reducing drafts will result in reduced utility bills during the winter.

December 30, 2007

Reduce Heating Costs

Filed under: Electricity, Natural Gas — Jan @ 12:17 pm

There are a few easy ways to reduce heating costs.

One simple way to reduce heating costs is to close off areas that don’t need to be heated. There is no reason to heat rooms that are used occasionally through the day (bathrooms) and or only for company. To reduce utility bills, avoid heating space in cabinets and closets.

  1. Close the doors to the following areas:
    • Closets
    • Cabinets
    • Drawers
  2. Keeping shower curtains or shower doors shut will reduce the heat lost in that area. Open the curtain or door about an hour before use to keep from being too chilled while showering or bathing.
  3. Partially closing the heating vents will reduce utility bills. For vents that don’t adjust, use a large magnetic cover that easily comes on and off as needed. Partially or completely cover the vent. Covers that are specially made for this use are made for use in manufactured homes. Magnetic sheets can also be purchased from craft stores and cut to size. For bathrooms (before showering or bathing) and other rooms that are used occasionally, open vents about an hour before use and open the door to bring it to a comfortable temperature.
  4. Adjust heating vents or partially cover them in rooms that are several degrees warmer than other rooms will help disperse the heat more evenly through the house and help to reduce heating bills.
  5. Turn the heat down when not home, but not off. The furnace will have to run harder and longer to bring it to a comfortable temperature the colder the temperature is in the house. Ten degrees cooler than the temperature normally kept is a good place to start.

A few low cost or no cost changes can add up when working to reduce utility bills.

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