As winter approaches, take some time to make sure your heating is truly energy efficient. Here are some helpful hints:
- During the heating season, set your thermostat when you are at home between 65° and 68° Fahrenheit (18o to 20° Centigrade). Before you go to bed, set it back/down around 60°F (15°C). Note that people over 65, infants, and people with certain illnesses risk hypothermia at temperatures under 65° F (18.3°C). If you think you or someone else is at risk, consult your doctor before turning down your thermostat.
- Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat to make temperature adjustments automatic.
- If you have a window-unit air conditioner, winterize it! It can let in drafts if left in place or uncovered during the winter. You should use an inside cover in addition to (or, if you cannot safely reach the outside of your unit, in place of) an outdoor cover.
For more winter savings tips, visit http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips.