Winter heating tip
I have been checking out tips on saving heat on the net. One is window heat collectors, which you can make at home. A site to visit is bellaonline or search for window heat collector. Another idea is to do your own energy audit to see where you are loosing heat or can reduce your heating expense. We are at the mercy of oil prices, gas, and electricity, but how we use it is another story. Surge protectors are another way to reduce your energy costs, as if you shut off all the gadgets that are drawing even when they are off, like the TV, microwave, etc. with the surge protector, you will conserve on your electric.
Some little things make a difference. I put insulated pads into my exterior outlets, and was surprised at the amount of cold air that was seeping in through these. I have an exterior cable connection that I need to tighten up around the cable coming in. As when they install cables for you, they tend to make a rather large hole, and often will make a new one and leave the old entry open. You don't have to be high tech to check out the obvious, light a match or candle near your windows and see if you have a draft coming in. Check your dryer vent, clean it while you are at it, and see if you are getting a draft through it. Windows radiate cold air at night in the winter,put up lined drapes. Use weatherstripping on your exterior doors where needed.
There are a lot of ideas and tips online, and it is not too early to start some of them. And with prices the way they are, you are still going to spend more dollars this winter, but if you track your expense, you should be able to see what you could have ended up paying.