Baby It’s Cold Outside!
As the seasons change and your family migrates indoors for the winter, a lot of energy can be wasted to
keep your home comfortable. Between 40 and 70% of all home energy is wasted, but we could save
about half of that by buying efficient appliances and taking energy-saving measures.
The 10 Biggest Energy Users
Water Heaters Refrigerators Freezers Air Conditioners
Ranges Clothes Washers Clothes Dryers Dishwashers
Portable Heaters Lights
And here are some inexpensive solutions to consider:
Cover your air conditioner: If you can’t remove your window unit, consider covering it both in
side and out. Besides protecting your air-conditioning unit, these covers also help keep cold air
from entering your home through the space around the air-conditioner and can be a great way to
lower utility bills.
Caulk it: Small spaces and gaps around windows and pipes and wires entering the home create
create energy wasting drafts that can cut the efficiency of your heating system.
Block drafts: Draft blockers are foam plates that fit behind light switches and electrical outlets to
reduce drafts that enter through those spaces.
Install heat reflectors: These are thin sheets that fit behind radiators, to reflect heat away from
the wall and into the room, thereby maximizing each radiator’s energy efficiency.
Perform regular maintenance: If you have a forced air furnace, make sure to clean or change
the furnace filter about once a month. Most furnaces will need to be professionally cleaned and
tuned once a year.
Upgrade your thermostat: Changing your thermostat to a programmable one allows you to con
trol the temperature in your home at different times of the day without you being home. Keep the
heat off when you’re out of the house and set it to turn back up before you get home. Some also
have a second set of settings for weekends, when people usually spend more time at home.
Reflective Window Film: Place these thin, plastic sheets directly on the inside of window panes
and glass doors. The film reflects inside heat back into your home, reducing the amount that is
conducted outside through windows.
Storm Window Kits: It can be expensive to have storm windows installed throughout your
house, but there is a less expensive way to weatherproof home windows. Storm window kits con
sist of plastic film or sheets to cover the window. Attaching the plastic is done with tape or tacks.
Weatherstripping: Create a tight seal around all your windows to reduce heated and cooled air
from escaping outside. Weatherstrips are plastic, foam, felt or rubber strips that fit around window
and door frames with a self-adhesive backing.
Baby It’s Cold Outside!