There are a number of free or inexpensive ways to save energy and reduce your utility bills in winter, including:
Close the fireplace damper when there’s not a fire burning.
Open curtains and blinds on sunny days to let in solar heat.
Close curtains and blinds on all windows at night to trap heat in your home.
Lower your thermostat to 66°- 68° F. and wear warmer clothing.
Turn down the thermostat on the hot water heater to 120° F.
Install or replace damaged weatherstripping around windows and doors.
Seal up cracks on the outside of your home with caulk.
Replace your heating system air filter every two months.
Have your heating system inspected and serviced every year.
Install a programmable thermostat, such as the Carrier Infinity Touch.
When replacing the heating/cooling system on your home, choose an energy efficient system with a high SEER rating, such as the Carrier Infinity Series.
Find more energy saving tips at Tips to Lower the Utility Bills in Your Home.
Danny Lipford: Hi, I’m Danny Lipford. We’re all looking for ways to drive down the heating costs this winter. I have a few ideas that won’t cost you any money at all.
Hey, if you don’t have a fire in your fireplace, then make sure you close the damper to keep any heat from escaping through the chimney. Also, if you have large openings—like we have here—and you have a nice, sunny day; open up those curtains and allow the sun to heat up the inside of your house. Then at night close those curtains to trap that heat inside.
Also, go to your thermostat of your heating system and turn that down a few degrees—maybe down to 66 degrees. Put on a nice sweater, you’ll be nice and comfortable, especially knowing that you’re saving money every hour of the day.
Another thing a lot of people don’t realize, you can turn your thermostat down on your water heater as well. Turn the temperature down to 120, that will save you money.
Now, if you have just a little bit of money to spend, spend it on sealing the envelope of your home. And that starts with weatherstripping windows and doors. If you have any damaged weatherstripping, replace it.
Grab a caulking gun, a few tubes of caulk. Seal up any crack that you can find outside your home, because that will make a big difference in your heating costs, because it will prevent that cold air from really influencing your heating system.
Now, speaking of your heating system, you’ve got to take care of it. It’s going to be working really hard. And that starts with changing your filter, and I would recommend changing your filter with an electrostatic filter about every two months.
And, also, if you haven’t had a professional heating and cooling contractor come out to your house and service your system within the past year, do it as soon as possible. That will ensure that it’s working efficiently and safely, and your equipment will last a lot longer.
Now, the homeowners here in this house were faced with the decision a lot of us will face from time to time with having to replace their entire heating and cooling system. And they chose the Carrier Infinity Series system, which is just state of the art and very, very smart features that it has.
It starts with this touch pad, really neat idea here that you’re able to go through the different menu. You can see all types of icons that are available here to control the humidity, your air control in eight different zones of the house. It’s a very innovative way of going.
You also can get a five-day forecast. You can even do an energy audit and see how much money you’re actually saving. And you can also do this same thing with your smartphone, and be able to use your smartphone to control any temperature in your house and all of the other features here. So that’s a real important consideration when you’re thinking about convenience, energy efficiency.
But another important consideration which you’ll hear about is the SEER rating, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. These homeowners chose a 16. The higher the number, the more money you’ll save over the course of a year.