Energy Savings in Cold Weather

Cold weather can often see a rise in the energy bills.  Here are some tips to help prevent this from happening:

  • If you have an attached garage, don’t forget to shut the door before and after venturing out for holiday gift and grocery shopping. Cold air that gets into your garage can also creep into your home and waste the energy and money you spend on heating.
  • Your fireplace can be a surprising source of air leaks that can waste energy on heating. If your home has a fireplace that’s no longer in service, plug or cap the flue to save energy. This will keep heated air from escaping out of the chimney.
  • Here’s an easy, inexpensive, and temporary solution for stopping drafty windows: Use one-sided tape to seal air leaks and keep the cold out.
  • Planning a party?  Turn down the thermostat before your guests arrive. Their body heat can help warm the room.

For more winter energy-saving steps, check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips