Reverse Your Ceiling Fans -- Apartment Therapy - Most every ceiling fan has a little switch on the side that reverses the
direction of the blades to clockwise, which pulls air up instead of
pushing it down. If you flick the switch and run your fan on low during
the winter months, it will gently pull the cooler air up from the
"living level" where we are and push it up to the ceiling where the
warmer air is, forcing that warm air back down along the walls to the
"living level". This has the effect of using your warm air far more
efficiently. Your thermostat will now keep the room at the same heat
level while drawing on your heater less often.
Replace the Weatherstripping on Your Doors -- Apartment Therapy - No matter what good things you do, the most money you could
save would be to stop the hot air from leaving your house. All homes
leak and plugging those leaks is job number one if you want to cozy up
your living space. Calking around windows is great, but I think focusing
on replacing weather stripping around doors is where you'll get the
biggest bang for the buck.
- Screens block the Winter's Sun. Even fine mesh screens can stop up to
20% of the sunlight that could enter through the windows and help to
warm your home. Remove your screens in the winter.
Your Hot Water Heater and You - You should drain your hot-water heater
once or twice a year to remove built-up sediment, allowing the heating
elements to cool more efficiently. A good time to make this a habit is when you turn off or turn on the valves for your outside water taps to prevent freezing, since you will need a hose to drain your tank. Also, check the temperature setting
on your heater. Hot water is one of the biggest energy expenses in your
home and most heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is too hot
as water at such a temperature will need to be cooled down before you
can use it. The hotter the water in your storage tank, the more heat
loss there will be. 120 degrees Fahrenheit will do the trick for all
your bathing and household needs.
Stop Outdoor Locks from Freezing - To prevent the locks on your shed or other outbuildings from freezing, cut a six inch square piece of inner tube and nail it over the lock as a flap.