Saving Energy in The Winter

  • Check the R-value of insulation in your home
  • Caulk or re-caulk around windows and doors to keep the cold out and the heat in
  • Check weather stripping
  • Check weather stripping around doors, windows and between heated and unheated areas of your home – such as garages, basements, attics, etc. A good check to see if stripping needs changing: close your door; if you see light coming through, the stripping needs changing.

Change your air filters
This should be done every month or so to help your unit’s air exchange and indoor air quality. Dirty filters can increase your system’s operating costs, damage equipment and reduce efficiency.

Keep the thermostat on your heating system at the lowest comfortable setting
Georgia Power recommends 68 degrees Fahrenheit. On the average, you add five percent to the operating time of your heating system for every degree it’s set above 68.

Going away for several days?
By setting the thermostat at 60, there will be less strain on your heating system when you return and it’s time to reheat the house. Also, having some heat in the house will prevent damage, such as frozen or burst water pipes, from outside freezing temperatures.

Heating or cooling system check
Have your Heating or cooling system check professionally checked to make sure it is running properly. This can prolong the life of your system, as well as reduce operating costs.

Gas heater or furnace
If you have a gas heater or furnace, make sure you get a carbon monoxide detector before using the unit.

Pilot light (gas furnace)
Also make sure your pilot light (gas furnace) is lighted before the winter season starts. If you are not sure about lighting it yourself, call a heating and cooling professional to do it.

Heating vents and registers
Keep heating vents and registers clear. Make sure draperies or furniture does not block them. The vent should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or broom.

Let the sun shine in
On sunny days open drapes or blinds to allow natural solar heat to warm the house. Keep drapes and blinds closed on cloudy days and at night. Use insulated or heavy curtains on windows facing the north side of the house.

Fireplace dampers
Make sure fireplace dampers fit tightly, and keep them closed when not using the fireplace. Add a glass fireplace screen, if possible

Cover bare floors
Carpeting adds to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.

Use a humidifier to keep your home more comfortable
Adding moisture allows you to reduce the thermostat setting without feeling colder.

Window air conditioning unit
If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it for the winter months to prevent heat from escaping through and around the unit. If it can’t be moved, put a cover over it to prevent drafts.