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To save the planet, start with your house; this Howcast video series gives you tips on how to keep a green home.
You Will Need
- A furnace tune-up
- A programmable thermostat
- Heavy curtains or quilt blinds
- A boiler blanket
- Weather stripping
- An energy audit
- Storm doors and windows
Get your furnace tuned up
Get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in. Doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently.
Install a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping.
Use curtains to regulate heat
Close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows. Open them during the day to let in the sun’s warmth.
Cover your heating system
Use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs. Before using a blanket, consult your owner’s manual—make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler.
Look into utility company rebates
Look into your utility company’s efficiency programs. Many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidize roof insulation.
Hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts. Sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks.
Fill outdoor cracks
Review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and caulk them.
Keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents.
Centralize your winter life
Since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter. If you live in a big house, try sealing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies.