Colder Weather on the Way: Tips for Reducing Your Energy Use While You Stay Warm

Colder weather could be on the way for the Puget Sound area next week, according to the National Weather Service, which makes this a good time for a few easy steps that can reduce the amount of energy you use to stay warm and save you money.

Colder weather could be on the way for the Puget Sound area next week, according to the National Weather Service, which makes this a good time for a few easy steps that can reduce the amount of energy you use to stay warm and save you money.

  • Clean or replace furnace filters often.
  • Caulk, weatherstrip and insulate.
  • Don’t block furnace ducts with draperies or furniture.
  • Insulate your windows or add storm windows.
  • Close off unoccupied rooms (unless you have a heat pump).
  • Open draperies and shades in sunny windows. Close them at night.
  • Use portable heaters only in small areas for short periods of time.
  • Stop drafts at the bottom of doors and along window sills — use a 3-inch by 36-inch cloth tube (“door snake”) filled with sand or small beans or use a rolled up towel or rug.

 We’ve got even more money-saving energy efficiency suggestions for you here.