How to Stay Warm at Home This Winter
Simple tips from WGL Energy to keep your home warm this winter
You can keep your home warm this winter by following these simple tips:
- Check your weather forecast regularly. Knowing what to expect is the first step in preparing for colder weather and winter storms.
- Cover drafty windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic during the winter months. This simple weatherization tip will eliminate unnecessary drafts, improve energy efficiency and help save money on your heating bills.
- Seal cracks, gaps and holes around windows and doors with caulk, weather-stripping or door sweeps. Reducing drafts around these areas is another easy way to improve energy efficiency and help save money on your heating bills.
- Prevent water pipes from freezing. Water supply pipes that run along exterior walls that have little or no insulation, along with those in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets are prone to freezing. During bitter cold temperatures, the American Red Cross recommends letting cold water drip from faucets served by these pipes. For an added layer of protection, open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes inside (after ensuring any harmful household cleaning supplies and other chemicals are out of reach to children and pets).
- Keep your thermostat steady during extra-cold periods, both during the day and at night. Maintaining a warmer temperature when you are away or sleeping may raise your heating bill, but will help to prevent a costlier repair job if your water pipes freeze and burst.
- Properly maintain your heating system. Change your furnace filter at least once a month and protect your heat pump from the elements to improve energy efficiency. Use caution when removing snow, ice, and leaves from your outdoor unit.