O&R: These Cold Weather Coping Tips Save Energy and Money
Because of today’s unusually frigid temperatures, O&R offers these cold-weather coping tips.
- Turn your thermostat down to no higher than 68 degrees when you are not at home. Set the thermostat while you are a home to a reasonable temperature that meets your comfort and health needs.
- Make sure your thermostat is not affected by drafts that could skew the readings. Use a smart thermostat to automatically change the heating pattern to fit your schedule.
- Take a moment to turn off any devices or appliances you are not using.
- Use weather-stripping at all attic stairwells and access openings for tight insulation.
- Stop cold air infiltration from electric switch and plug outlets by using draft blockers.
- Open curtains and/or shades of east, south and west-facing windows on sunny winter days to let the sun help you heat your home. Close them at night. Keep draperies closed all day on north-facing windows.
- Close all hot air vents or radiators in unused rooms. Then, close the doors to those rooms securely, using draft guards at the door bottoms if necessary. CAUTION: If you have a radiator-hot water system, be sure that the unused room does not get so cold as the temperature falls below freezing.
- Check all places where heat enters the room. Make sure the draperies and furniture do not block the flow of heat.
- Use a room or furnace humidifier or keep shallow pans of water on radiator tops or near hot air vents to add humidity to your home.
- Check the filters on your forced-air furnace every month during the heating season. Replace as necessary.
- Never use a gas oven or range, of charcoal grill to heat a room. This causes a carbon monoxide danger which could prove fatal.
If you do experience a power outage, please report it to O&R by calling 1-877-434-4100.