Here are some strategies from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to help you save energy and money during the cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and low cost actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. In addition to the tips below, learn how to save money while staying warm with energy saving Winter Heating Tips
from the DOE.
Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun
Cover Drafty Windows
- Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
- Close curtains at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
- Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty
- Learn about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency from the DOE.
Find and Seal Leaks
Lower Your Water Heating Costs
Water heating can account for 14%-25% of the energy consumed in your home.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F or lower). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
Find out other strategies the DOE recommends for energy-efficient water heating.