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How can I conserve energy around my home?
By winterizing your home, your energy bills can be reduced from 10 to 50 percent.
Follow these tips to make your home more energy efficient:
- Prevent outside air from entering your home. Inspect your home and seal any cracks or openings around windows, doors, fireplaces, pipes, electrical outlets and bathroom, kitchen or clothes dryer vents. Weather stripping, caulk, or fiberglass insulation can be used for this purpose.
- If you own an older home, adding storm doors and windows can reduce heat loss by up to 50 percent.
- Purchase plastic window covering kits or interior storm window kits. Carefully follow instructions.
- Add insulation to your attic, as well as any walls and floors that are adjacent to an unheated space such as a garage.
- Have your furnace or heating unit serviced to ensure it is working safely and efficiently. Replace furnace filters regularly.
- Set your thermostat at 65° and dress warmly. Use more blankets at night.
- Close draperies at night and on cloudy days and open them on sunny days.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are more energy-efficient and last longer than traditional light bulbs.
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 115° F.
- Turn off electric appliances when not in use.
Most fire safety experts recommend against using supplemental heating sources, such as electric space heaters or kerosene heaters. Learn more
*Infants, elderly Pennsylvanians who have medical conditions and those with compromised immune systems may need to keep their temperatures at higher than 65 degrees. If you are unsure, please contact your health care provider.