Nov 12 2010

Tips to winterize your home and save money this winter

There are some simple, inexpensive ways that you can get your home ready for winter and save money on your utility bills this winter. Some suggestions, check for a draft in your doors and windows, get your heating system serviced, get a programmable thermostat and wrap a blanket around your hot water tank. Got any other tips that have worked for you? Feel free to share them here! 

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11/12/2010 4:38:38 PM
Teresa Cruz United States
Teresa Cruz
They have water heater blankets to wrap your water heater with so it don't turn on so often when its cold outside especially if its in your garage..
Help alot for pg&e bill
11/12/2010 4:46:21 PM
Shelly United States
I got these tips from my power company, and they make a measurable difference on my power bill when I am home to use them:

First, when you run your top-loading washer, leave the lid up and use the shortest (or shorter) cycle. Let load soak 10-15 minutes after filling before shutting the lid to begin the agitation cycle. Your clothes will come out just as clean on the 6-minute cycle with a soak as they do on the 12-minute cycle without it. Make sure to carefully sort your dark, light, and white colors, as soaking will increase bleeding!

Second, when you run your dishwasher, turn off the heated dry option, and open the door when the cycle is complete. After a few hours of air drying, your dishes will be almost as dry as they would have been, and you saved lots of energy and money!
11/12/2010 5:01:44 PM
Faith United States
Can you guys play One Last Christmas by Matthew West? I've looked EVERYWHERE for it since I heard it on K Love, and can find it no where. I would really love to listen to it again. (:
11/12/2010 9:56:56 PM
Dorene United States
I have my grandmothers old pressure cooker pan. I fill it up with water (keep the lid off of course) and using my gas stove I have a super low flame. It keeps warm moisture in the air and keeps the home warmer. You can add a cinnamon stick for a scent or any of those additives. Moisture keeps your nose from drying out and you things in the home, esp wood items. Hope this helps. It saves the furnace from coming on all the time because the thermostat thinks it is warm.
12/6/2010 10:36:06 AM
Dorene United States
I also have my mother's pressure cooker on my gas stove..have to fill it about twice a day. I also have a WARM humidifier in the front room, also fill it twice a day and in my bedroom upstairs where there is no registers I have a warm humidifier going. Saves lots a money on running the furnace and keeps the moisture in the air. I keep our thermostat about 50 and we are comfortable.
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