Cold Weather Conservation Advice
With the winter just around the corner, you’ll soon be starting up your heating system for a season of cozy comfort and welcoming warmth. To achieve the best energy efficiency for the winter season, it’s important to keep these winter conservation tips in mind. Following these pointers can lead to big savings all season long, leaving more money for the things you’d rather spend it on – like holiday presents for your loved ones or a weekend getaway.
- Let the sun in! Windows on the south side of a building get the most sunlight. Eastern windows get good sunlight in the morning, while west-facing windows receive sunlight in the afternoon. Open shades and drapes during the daytime to let the sun's warmth in, and close them when the sun goes down.
- Be sure to close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use to keep the warm air centralized.
- Remove air conditioning window units for the season, or cover them well to help prevent heated air from leaking outside and cold drafts blowing inside.
- Keep your home’s radiators free of dust for top efficiency.
- Turn the thermostat back by 10 to 15 degrees – according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on your energy bill by doing so.
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent freezing.
- Avoid the use of space heaters – they’re expensive to operate and pose a fire hazard.
- Use a bottom seal to prevent air leakage through the bottom of the door.
- Get a heating system tune-up from your Bioheat® fuel provider to ensure you get maximum performance and efficiency from your heating equipment.
Most of these tips require little to no cost and can save you a lot on this winter’s heating expenses. For other useful energy conservation strategies, check out our year-round energy-saving tips. Visit our member search page to find a Bioheat® fuel dealer near you.