10 Mistakes Not To Make When Heating Your Home

03.23.15
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

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  • Betty C
    Betty C Beaver Dams, NY
    Thank you! Very informative!
  • Janet wender
    Janet wender Nashville, TN
    Thank you or all your information ..really does help. I guess I'll open those vents back up ha
  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    Thank you, Betty C & Janet wender - Good luck getting those heating bills down this winter! ;)
  • Kevin Feigin
    Kevin Feigin Aurora, CO
    Nice information. Thanks for sharing
  • Judy
    Judy Paris, TX
    We now have a home with a heat pump, ugh! What is the most effective way to stay warm in winter. Does fine in summer to keep us cool. Our first winter with it, us older folk just don't stay warm. Just South of Metroplex (DFW_Texas)
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