Saving energy is easy to do but it requires one to take action.
Here are a series of no or low cost heating tips you can implement to save yourself money and reduce CO2 emissions. As yo can see, it is not very difficult to get a much more energy efficient home heating situation!
Consider implementing some of the following no or low cost heat energy saving strategies:
* Keep thermostats set at 68F or 19C. Don't turn up the heating unless you really need to. Your heating costs increase by up to 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree.
* Monitor or lock down your thermostat to ensure it is at the proper setting all the time.
* Position your thermostat away from drafty areas or hot spots such as doorways and windows.
* Locate thermostats on an inside wall since exterior walls are often colder than the average room temperature. The thermostat will react to the air or wall temperature changes and this can cause increased energy costs for heating or cooling.
* Maintain your heating equipment at regular intervals to keep it operating at peak efficiency.
* If you use a heat pump clean the condenser coils.
* Heat pump coils can become fouled and dirty. Coils should be kept clean for optimal unit efficiency. This includes the fan blade.
* Make sure the space around your radiators is clear of all furniture or debris. If there are things blocking the radiator it will have to work harder and longer to heat the space increasing your heating costs.
* If you heat using radiators consider adding reflective backing to help focus heat back into the center of the room.
* Don't block the supply air or return air ducts to the heating or air conditioning system with furniture or drapes.
* Insulate your home!
* Caulk and weatherstrip all windows and doors.
* Keep the damper on the fireplace closed when not in use.
* Wear extra clothing instead of turning up the heat.
* Double pane the windows or purchase storm windows.
* Opening blinds and curtains in the winter lets the sun heat up a space during the day.
* Close blinds and curtains at night or when it is cloudy outside to retain heat in a room.
* Many ceiling fans can be operated in reverse in the winter to push warm air down from the ceiling to the occupied spaces.
With heating there are also some important safety concerns. Here's a list of things you should never do:
* Do NOT use gas heaters unless the area is well ventilated and plenty of fresh air is available or the unit will use up the oxygen in the space and cause a carbon dioxide buildup. This may cause headaches, dizziness or death.
* Do NOT use the kitchen stove to heat rooms. It is extremely inefficient, costly and dangerous to heat using a kitchen stove or oven.
* Avoid using radiant heat sources (space heaters) kerosene heaters etc. They pose a serious safety hazard.