Six Tips to Save in Winter ‘16
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As our transplant friends have learned in these past few winters, January in New York is frigid. Of course, we’re prepared to handle this winter like any seasoned city slicker would – with good old-fashioned street smarts! Below, you’ll find some special tips and tricks to ensure the winter doesn’t put a deep freeze on your resolve to save on your energy usage this year:
- Let the sun help out: 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 fully use the heat to your advantage.
- Keep that warm air centralized: Be sure to close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use to keep warm air where it belongs – as close to you as possible.
- Plug up the leaks: 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 your home. Use bottom seals to prevent air leakage through the bottom of your doors.
- Say no to dust: Keep your home’s radiators free of dust to experience top efficiency.
- Back off a bit: Turn the thermostat back by 10 to 15 degrees and you can save as much as 10% a year on your energy bill by doing so.
- Wrap it up: Wrap up your plumbing with extra insulation to guard against heat loss and prevent unwanted complications like pipe freezing.
These tips require little to no cost and can save you a whole lot on this winter’s heating expenses. Check out even more cold weather conservation tips here, and be sure to visit our membership search page to quickly find a full service Bioheat® fuel dealer near you.