HEAT SAVING TIPS: EASY DOs
- Get a heating system tuneup — it’ll ensure you get maximum performance from every drop of heating oil burned.
- Open shades and drapes when the sun is out to let it help warm your home. Close them when the sun goes down.
- Turn back the thermostat at night or when you are away from home; for every degree you lower your thermostat for 8 hours or more each day, you’ll save 2 percent on your heating bill.
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.
- Stop drafts by eliminating any gaps between your door and the threshold on the floor. Use a bottom seal that can be attached to the bottom of the door – it should brush up against the floor to seal up the threshold.
- Caulk or re-caulk exterior spaces between the windows and walls of your home.
- Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.
- If you have central air conditioning, close your vent(s) to the outside.
- Remove air conditioning window units, or cover them to keep cold air outside.
- Keep radiators and registers free of dust for top efficiency.
- Replace heating systems that are more than 20 years old.
- Upgrade your oil furnace or boiler — modern versions can cut costs by as much as 15 percent.
- Replace your furnace’s or boiler’s fuel economizer.
- Make sure you have good insulation on exterior walls, ceilings with cold spaces above, and floors with cold spaces below.
- Install or close storm windows. Consider new glass designed to decrease radiant heat loss without lowering visibility.