FOUR LOW-TECH WINTER SAVINGS TIPS
While high-tech heating systems can cut your heating bill by hundreds of dollars, there are also several simple, low-tech ways to save this winter. Here are a handful from Oilheat America, a leading industry group:
- Harness the sun Sunshine is free heat. Open shades and drapes during the daytime – especially on the south side of your home – to let in the sun’s warmth.
- Reduce your water heater temperature For every 10-degree reduction, you’ll cut 3% – 5% from your water heating costs.
- Keep the heat in Be sure to close your kitchen vent and fireplace damper when not in use. Also: keep closet doors closed.
- Don’t use space heaters This heat may feel good, but it’s among the least efficient – thereform, most expensive to operate.