As the temperatures fall and days shorten, Liberty Discount Fuel is gearing up for the busy delivery season. Did you know there are also some easy, sure fire ways to save on heating costs? Here are some “good to know” tips that can help.
Keep Drapes Closed – Whether specifically designed for energy efficiency or those standard in most homes, keeping curtains closed when the sun goes down can help prevent heat from escaping through the window. This simple step could save up to 10% in lost heat.
Seal Around Windows – There are a number of ways to insulate windows for the winter from self-stick tape and rubber stripping to window insulation film and traditional caulking. Whichever option you choose, the first tip is to start with the largest leakage paths.
Change Air Filters – Dirty air filters restrict the proper airflow therefore making heating systems work harder and use more power ultimately increasing utility bills. Routinely changing air filters to maximize efficiency will not only save money but promote a cleaner environment.
Lower The Thermostat – According to the Department of Energy, turning a thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. While this may seem like a drastic dip, even a few degrees when you’re not at home or at night can make a difference.
Run ceiling fan clockwise – Who knew that simply changing the direction of a ceiling fan rotation can help save on heating costs. In the cooler months, rotating clockwise at a low speed pulls cool air up and pushes naturally-rising warm air down towards the floor.