Home Heating Tips

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Home Heating Tip #1

Despite what is being claimed, the ordinary incandescent light bulb is a very efficient source of energy. For those of us in the northern climates it can actually reduce our home heating bill. Compared to a baseboard heater that consumes anywhere from 750 to 2200 watts of electricity (not very energy efficient) the light bulb only consumes 40 to 100 watts (very efficient). Try this out for a few weeks. In the room(s) that has a chill in it and where you are always turning up the baseboard heater thermostat, leave a light on - one with a 100-watt incandescent light bulb. If there is a draft from one of the windows place a lamp on a stand in front of the window - instead of turning the heat up. The draft will distribute the energy efficient hot heat (will burn your hand if you try to touch a light bulb on) from the light bulb. You won’t have to set the thermostat so high any longer if you leave the light on - incandescent only.

Home Heating Tip #2

Sunny day heating. In the winter months use natural sunlight to help reduce your home heating costs. The Sun always rises in the east and sets in the west. The days are shorter but just a few hours of sunlight can lower your home heating costs. In your home, the windows facing south should not be shaded or curtained during the daytime hours. Let the sunlight in on sunny days. Keeps blinds closed on the other sides especially on the north side of the house. Glass is used in green houses to raise the temperature.

In the summer months we are told to pull down the shade to keep out the summer heat (sun heat actually) so in the winter it would be wise to do just the opposite - open the shades and let the sun’s heat in. You will notice a difference. As soon as the sun goes down close the shades, blinds or curtains again to keep the heat in.