- Check for drafts around windows and doors, and seal up any openings with weather stripping or even a rolled up blanket. A drafty house lets warm air escape and is much more costly to keep warm – especially on the coldest days of the season.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed tightly when not in use.
- Keep heating vents clean with a vacuum or broom and do not cover ducts with drapes or furniture that can block the airflow and possibly cause a fire.
- Use ceiling fans so the warm air that has risen can be redistributed around the room.
- Close off unoccupied rooms and regulate individual room temperatures by adjusting the registers. Adjust room registers so warm air flows across the floor and rises naturally.
- Keep your thermostat set at a constant, comfortable level – usually 68-70 degrees.
- Replace the filter for your heat pump or furnace for the new heating season. Dirty filters block airflow and force equipment to work harder – this increases operating costs and can cause damage.
- Wrap water heaters with an insulation blanket. These blankets are inexpensive and easy to install.
- And remember to turn off unnecessary lights and other electronics.
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