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Energy Efficiency: Heating

By Malcolm Rivers

No matter what source of energy you use to keep your house warm, being efficient with the heating energy is imperative. The fuels you use to heat your home are expensive. The fuels we use to keep homes warm and toasty are also important to the planet. So, for multiple reasons, everyone and anyone should use their heating energy carefully.

Since times are tight, it's more important than ever to learn the ways to use the heating energy you need as efficiently as possible. There are a couple ways to keep your house as warm or warmer without increasing the amount of heating fuels you're using. Let's find out!

Insulation Station

Heat is energy and, if you're not careful, energy can escape. If you're heating your home, your efforts are only as good as your ability to retain them. Spending excessive amounts of money on heating fuel is a complete waste if the heat is not staying within your home. So, insulate!

Insulating can be as simple as closing doors, windows, and access points to particularly cold areas in your home or apartment. If you know that heating energy is an issue, keep the kids from opening their windows and letting the heat out. If you're more committed to your insulation efforts, you can replace your windows to minimize the potential energy leakage

Turn Down for What

Turning the heat down when you leave the house is another brilliant way to conserve heating energy and, by extension, lower heating costs. When you're not in the house, there's really no reason to leave the heat, or up, since no one is there. You don't have to turn the heat down to the point of making the house frigid while you're not there but it may be a good idea to turn the heat down significantly while you're out so as to save the planet (and your wallet.)

This one might be a might unpopular but it's definitely worth consideration. Turning the heat down at night is also a good way to conserve energy. During the night, much more so than in the day, heat is less necessary because you're sleeping and presumably under blankets so you can afford to have the environment be a bit colder. Though taking showers in the morning will suck because of how cold the house has become, you will save energy and money (and the planet!). So turn down for that, please.

Remember that these are just some ideas for how to conserve the heat in your home or apartment. Check in with your heating provider or another professional to make sure you're being as efficient as possible. Good luck!,/p>

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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