5 Ways to Heat Your Home Safely and Efficiently

Do you wince every time you have to turn up the thermostat, afraid of the added costs that winter brings? With space heating making up over 60 percent of the total residential energy use, it’s no wonder turning up the heat makes you sweat! It may be chilly out, but it’s also the perfect time to reduce your energy use. Check out these five tips to save on energy (and money) this time of year.




1. Adjust Your Thermostat

Once your household agrees on a comfortable daytime temperature (if that's even possible), lower it while asleep or away from home. This simple change could save you up to 10% a year on energy!


2. Run the Fan the Right Way

If you have a ceiling fan, make sure it's rotating counter-clockwise. This will push warm air up into the ceiling and then down along your walls, adding an extra layer of heat.


3. Switch it Up

Get in the habit of changing your furnace filter when it's visibly dirty - or once every three months. Also, consider getting a semi-annual tune-up for your heating and cooling system.


4. Soak up the Sun

Take advantage of the sun’s natural rays by opening the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day. Then, close them up at night to prevent any extra chill.


5. Fight the Draft

Prevent heat from escaping by sealing up any gaps or leaks. Caulk windows and use weatherstrips on doors or around your electrical outlets to keep warmth in and cold air out.



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