Heating season is just around the corner in Long Island. Heating oil prices have soared nearly 300 percent over the last decade, so it stands to reason that you want to formulate a plan to make your fuel last longer. Here are five key ways to save energy without sacrificing comfort.
1. Maintain your supply and return vents. Take the time to inspect and clean your supply and return vents, vacuuming or wiping up any dust. Move obstructions such as drapes and furniture away from the vents.
2. Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. You can program the thermostat to follow your family’s schedule, setting it to go down when you leave home and go up shortly before you come back. For even greater precision control, consider a smart programmable thermostat, which offers the benefit of remote monitoring.
3. Have a home energy audit done. A comprehensive home energy audit will give you a good idea of where you’re losing your energy dollars and the steps you can take to conserve energy. Your auditor will thoroughly evaluate your HVAC equipment, your insulation, your windows, your ductwork and your other home systems and provide you with a list of recommendations. If your budget is tight, you can do a less sophisticated audit yourself, using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick.
4. Lower the heat. One of the easiest ways to conserve your heating oil is lowering the temperature of your home. For every degree you go down, you could shave as much as 3 percent off your heating bills.
5. Check for air leaks. Drafts and leaks can rob you of comfort and have a negative effect on the cost of your home heating oil. Check around doors, windows, outlets and vents for air movement by carefully holding up a lit incense stick. If the smoke moves, insulate, caulk or add weatherstripping.
For more tips on how to make your home heating oil last longer, call the experts at Cool Power, LLC. Since 1975, we have been providing quality service to the residents of Long Island and the surrounding area.
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