Are you looking for more ways to reduce your energy and save on heating bills in your Woodbury, NJ area home this winter? Here are some unusual energy saving tips from the home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical.
Insulate your tank water heater with a water heater jacket.
Part of your heating bills is taken up by heating your water. If you have a storage tank water heater, you can easily find jackets to fit over the tank and reduce standby heat losses, which saves energy and money.
Close the flue when your chimney is not in use.
Chimneys are necessary for proper ventilation in many homes that are heated by fireplaces and wood stoves. If you are not using your chimney, use the damper to keep it closed to prevent heat loss.
Insulate electrical outlets.
Electrical outlets are another hidden source of heat loss. If you stand by your outlet on a wall that leads to the outside, feel for cold air or a draft around it. Adding a little extra insulation behind the outlet or buying a special cover can prevent some of this.
Lower your hot water temperature.
If the thermostat on your hot water heater is above 120°F, turn it down to this temperature. While you may enjoy extremely hot showers, you could save a lot of energy used to heat your water by lowering it even by five degrees.
Use ceiling fans in reverse.
You can save energy in the winter by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise direction. This pushes the any warm air that rises back down into the living spaces.
Call the Woodbury, NJ heating specialists at SPS Mechanical if you have further questions.