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10 Mistakes Not To Make When Heating Your Home

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Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints. Here are 10 of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision. http://bit.ly/WaQTfH
1. Maintaining a constant temperature

Cause: A persistent myth suggests that you can save energy by leaving the house at a comfortable 68 degrees (a widely recommended winter setting), even when you are sleeping or away at work.
Effect: You could miss out on significant potential energy savings by not using a programmable thermostat and adjusting the temperature overnight and during the workday.
2. Closing off vents in unused rooms Cause: You don't want to waste energy heating rooms you aren't using. Effect: Again, this just wastes energy and makes your furnace run inefficiently because it changes the air pressure in the whole system. Experts recommend never shutting off more than 10 percent of vents. Sealing your ducts is a more efficient way to save energy.
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  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD

    I just read your post about energy efficiency and have a couple questions. First, I heat w/ natural gas just so you know. Question 1) I know that I have a gap where my front door closes - you can see a little daylight there. What do I buy to fix the

  • Z
    Z

    Thanks for these great tips. I can't wait to show #2 to my hubby. Whenever he gets cold he cranks up the heat. I keep telling him, and he's a very smart guy otherwise, that he's not going to make it warm up any faster. All he winds up doing is

  • Carroll A
    Carroll A Coos Bay, OR

    Thanks for the tips! My questions is about the fireplace. I do know for a fact wind does blow down the chimney, I can hear it whistle. Is there a solution without removing the fireplace? Does keeping the flue closed when not in use help?

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com

    Carroll, there are foam caps that can be installed that plug the chimney flue to prevent heat loss up the chimney, a long red string hangs down so you know it is there in case you light the fire. The damper alone will not stop this air flow from

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com

    Many people think that their windows are leaking air when it fact it is the cold glass cooling down the warm air in the house creating a drafty feeling. Insulated drapes quite often stop these drafts from occurring. Insulated glass windows will help

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