Winter Energy Conservation Tips
To conserve power follow these power industry recommendations:
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat so that you can have your furnace run only when you are at home. Most power is consumed by heating and cooling, so adjusting the temperature on your thermostat is the biggest energy conservation measure you can take.
- Ceiling fan blades can be rotated to move the air downward in the summer to produce a cool breeze. In the winter, the blades can be rotated upwards towards the ceiling to disperse the warm air that tends to accumulate there and distribute it more evenly in the room.
- Only use appliances with heavy electrical loads (dishwashers, washers, dryers) early in the morning or late at night.
- Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows during the day in the winter to allow warm sunlight to enter your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill.
- Clean or replace furnace filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Plug and seal the chimney flue if you never use your fireplace.
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is going. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a 48-inch window open during the winter—it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.