Seasonal Tips

No Cost Tips to Keep Your Heating Bills Down.

  1. Keep your thermostat set at one comfortable temperature during the day.
  2. Assign one person the responsibility to turn down the thermostat when you go to bed.
  3. If everyone is leaving the house for more than 2 hours turn the thermostat down to 60 degrees.
  4. When you come home and warm up your house do not turn the temperature above you’re normal setting. Setting it higher will not heat the house up any faster.
  5. Let the heat flow freely. Move furniture and throw rugs away from floor registers or baseboard heaters. Be careful not to block baseboard or wall heaters with drapes.
  6. Check the air filter on your furnace once a month during the heating season and replace when it is coated with dust.
  7. Vacuum dust off the heating fins of baseboard heaters once a month, also check the coils on the back of your refrigerator and freezer and vacuum when coated with dust.
  8. Check the ductwork under each floor register and clean if dirt or debris has fallen in.
  9. Cover your windows and sliding glass doors with heavy or insulated drapes at night or cold outside to keep cold drafts from entering rooms.
  10. When the sun is shining, open the drapes on the sunny side of the house to let the sun help heat your home.
  11. If you’re favorite chair or couch is right next to a heat register you may feel cooler sitting in the stream of blowing air. Try rearranging the furniture so the air does not blow across your legs.
  12. Call your PUD to ask for a free energy audit and ask what energy saving programs are available 296-2226.

Low Cost Tips to Keep Your Heating Bills Down.

  1. Hot air is always trying to escape from your house in winter and air sealing is just as important as insulation in the attic floor and walls. Start inside the house and check the weather-stripping around the outside doors and windows. Make sure they close all the way and the weather-stripping makes good contact all the way around.
  2. Check the crack at the bottom of the door, if you see light put a door sweep on to keep out the drafts or a rolled up towel will work too.
  3. Caulking cracks and holes keeps warm air in and cold air out. Start inside your house at the ceiling, any place that wires or pipes or chimneys go through to the attic are paths for hot air to escape. Hot air rises so this is the most important area to seal up. If you have an open beam ceiling you need to caulk all around the outside wall ceiling joints and where the beams go through the walls.
    • Then seal around door and window frames and any other pipes or wires that go through the walls again from the inside of the house.
    • Last, seal around any pipes or wires or ductwork holes in the floor.
  4. If you have ductwork that goes from your furnace to the crawlspace or attic to the rooms of your house, you should have a contractor check to make sure it is airtight. The heated or cooled air is blown through your house by a big fan that blows about 300 to 400 cubic feet of air minute. So even little cracks can loose a lot of air to the outside. Tests show that leaky ductwork can cause the heating bills to increase 25% to 35%. So the cost of air sealing them is rapidly paid back.