Here are some effective tips for staying warm in the winter and still save money:
Set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 69 degrees at night. Thermostats in homes with infants, elderly, or ill individuals should be set higher.
Prevent heat loss by sealing air leaks around window and door frames with caulk or North Energy Insulation.
Retain heat by installing storm or thermal windows and doors, double-paned glass or plastic sheeting over doors and windows.
Keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can make your home warmer. Close them in the evening to keep the heat in.
Move drapes or furniture from around radiators so that heat can flow freely.
Clean or replace the furnace filter once a month or as needed.
Use ceiling fans to circulate the warmer air found near the ceiling throughout your home.
Install glass doors in front of your fireplace to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney.
Remove window air conditioners in the winter. If you can, enclose the unit with an air conditioner cover to stop drafts.
A two-degree adjustment to your thermostat setting (lower in the winter; higher in the summer) can lower heating/cooling bills by four percent and prevent 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.
If installing a new heat pump (or central air conditioner) you should know that recent field studies suggest that approximately 75 percent of installed cooling equipment may have incorrect amount of refrigerant. An incorrect refrigerant level can lower efficiency by five to 20 percent and can cause the equipment to fall prematurely.