Smart Ways to Save Energy Costs in Winter | Reader's Digest

Smart Ways to Save Energy Costs in Winter

Don’t get stuck with impossible insulation or a failing furnace. Instead, use these savvy ways to save energy and freeze out the frost by looking:

from Reader's Digest Magazine | December 2012

For every degree you set back your thermostat back, you’ll save 3% on heating costs. Try these easy ideas:

Under doors Place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, decreasing drafts can reduce your energy use by 5 to 30 percent.

On the ceiling Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to push warm air downward.

In the basement Clean your furnace filter once a month during the heating season for increased
airflow, and consider switching to a permanent filter, which traps around 88 percent of debris.

Online Free stuff? Sure! Some states offer energy-saver incentives, like free programmable thermostats and insulation upgrades. Visit
the Database of State Incentivesfor Renewables and Efficiency (dsireusa.org) for potential deals.

In the garage Mount snow tires on a spare set of used wheels. With increased traction, you will have better stopping power.

Around the house Rearrange furniture to make sure heating vents aren’t blocked.

In the attic Make sure you have at least 12 inches of insulation lining your attic to keep heat from escaping through the roof.

Sources: thedailygreen.com, MSN Real Estate, shekell.com, movingmavins.com, Family Handyman, House Smarts TV, bargaineering.com.

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  • Your Comments

    • Steve

      One of the most effective steps a homeowner can take to improve energy efficiency is also one of the least known and talked about – forced-air duct sealing. Effective duct sealing can typically reduce heating/cooling costs by 20-40%. Traditional methods – tape or mastic – are impractical in existing homes, but with the advent of
      Aeroseal technology, it’s now possible from 40-50% down to just a few percent. Plus, there are additional benefits, including reducing dust & allergens and eliminating those cold rooms in the far reaches of the house.

    • sehar

      i think there is no need ov savage of electricity bcz bill gonna rise rise wotevr uh do :D :D

    • http://www.adaptamed.com/emr-news/ EMR Technician

      Electricity cost is always at its peak during winter. The kids are
      having their break which means more usage of electricity plus usage of
      heater is a must. Our insulation is less than what you have suggested.
      How frequent would we replace our insulation lining?

    • EnergySaver

      Hurr i saevd lieghnting with mi revers ferns. 

    • Judiet

      Holidays are over, children are back to school and the cold season is upon us. With a little preparation you don’t have to fall victim to this misery.And, whether we realize it or not, our bodies are also preparing for the same cycles. Cold winter weather, snow/rain, shorter days with less light and longer.

    • Judiet

      Holidays are over, children are back to school and the cold season is upon us. With a little preparation you don’t have to fall victim to this misery.And, whether we realize it or not, our bodies are also preparing for the same cycles. Cold winter weather, snow/rain, shorter days with less light and longer.

    • Daphne Davis

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