Central Hudson - Cold Weather Tips to Save Energy & Money

Use Energy Wisely
• Set thermostats between 65 and 70° during the winter and at 58° when away from the house for more than a few hours. Bear in mind that warmer temperatures are recommended for homes with ill or elderly persons or infants.
• Turn down thermostats automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. SAVINGS: Cut annual heating bills by as much as 10% to 15% for eight hours per day.
• Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season.
• Warm air rises, so use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor.
• Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close dampers on unused fireplaces.
• Set water heater temperatures at 120°. This will allow a family to cut water heating bills without sacrificing comfort.
• Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.
• Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
• Run washing machines and clothes dryers with a full load.
• On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let in the sun's warmth. Close them at night to insulate against cold air outside.

Plan for Long-Term Energy-Efficiency Improvements
• Check to see if attic and basement have the recommended levels of insulation.
• Check the heating system and replace old, outdated appliances with high-efficiency models. When buying new appliances, compare energy efficiency ratings and annual operating costs.
• Install storm or thermal windows and doors or double-paned glass. A less expensive alternative is plastic sheeting, which can be temporarily fastened over doors and windows to prevent drafts and retain heat.

Keep The Cold Out
• Reducing air leaks could cut 10% from an average household's monthly energy bill.
• Seal leaks around doors, windows, and other openings such as pipes or ducts, with caulk or weather-stripping. The most common places where air escapes in homes are:
o floors, walls, ceilings
o ducts
o fireplace
o plumbing penetrations
o doors
o windows
o fans and vents
o electric outlets