Energy saving tips during the winter season
(NC)Homeowners can manage energy use and reduce electricity bills this winter by weatherproofing to prevent heat from escaping through leaky doors and windows. Here's a guideline from Hydro One to control energy use and to capture potential savings:
• Fill the gaps. Check the trim on windows for gaps between the frame and your house. As much as 13 per cent of your home's heat loss could be due to these gaps. If possible, stuff insulation between the window and frame, or try caulking around the window.
• On sunny winter days, trap warm air inside by opening window coverings to let the warmth of the sun in. Once the sun goes down, close the coverings to keep the warmth in. Think of your curtains as a form of insulation.
• Another inexpensive option is to build a barrier against cold by sealing your windows with indoor plastic sheeting in the winter. All you need is a hair dryer, double sided tape and some inexpensive plastic sheeting.
• If your doors aren't properly fitted, air is leaking outside. Rubber weather stripping can be an easy way to seal the door by creating a skirt on the door frame.
• If you have a fireplace that you never use, consider getting it sealed, since warm air is sucked out if the damper is open. If you do enjoy sitting by the fireplace, make sure you turn down your main thermostat. Fires can actually draw heat from the room and up the chimney so your furnace has to work even harder.
More tips are available online at www.HydroOne.com/SaveEnergy.
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