Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 11  -  November 2018

Snow has come


Would this qualify me to be a weather man? Joking aside; even though temperatures haven’t been cold enough for the snow to stay, we’re reminded that they will be.

Heating Degree Day reports show that September 2018 temperatures were 23 percent colder than those of 2017 and, at the time this article was written on October 16, it is already 52 percent colder than last October.

For tips on how to conserve energy this winter, see below:

  1. Set thermostats to 68 degrees.
  2. Run ceiling paddle fans on medium in the upward direction.
  3. Change HVAC filters monthly.
  4. Replace furnace filters once a month.
  5. Keep windows locked for tight seal.
  6. Insulate electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads.
  7. Caulk along baseboards with a clear sealant.
  8. Close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire.
  9. Caulk around all exterior penetrations.
  10. Close shades and drapes at night to keep heat in.
  11. Make sure drapes and shades are open during the day to catch free solar heat.
  12. Close shades and drapes during the day to help keep heat out in summer.
  13. Ensure attic access door closes tightly.
  14. Insulate attic access door.
  15. Make sure insulation in your attic does not block soffit vents.
  16. Do not close off unused rooms that are conditioned by forced-air systems.
  17. Do not close supply air registers.
  18. Check to be sure return grilles are not blocked by furniture or bookcases.
  19. Ensure windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.
  20. Make sure outside door soffit vents are not blocked.
  21. Do not use roof-top power ventilator for attic exhaust as they may remove conditioned air from your home.
  22. Have your HVAC system serviced once per year by a NATE-certified technician.
  23. Use heavy-duty, clear sheets of plastic on the inside of windows to reduce the amount of cold air entering your home.
  24. Minimize use of electric space heaters.
  25. Ensure your outdoor heat pump/air conditioning unit is kept clean and free of debris.
  26. When using the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening damper in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly.
  27. In a basement, seal the sill and rim joist with durable caulking or foam sealant.
  28. Ensure floor registers are not blocked with rugs, drapes or furniture.
  29. Outside your home, caulk around all penetrations including telephone, electrical, cable, gas, water spigots, dryer vents, etc.
  30. Caulk around storm windows.
  31. Caulk around basement windows.
  32. Verify your supply air duct “boots” (behind supply air registers) are caulked to your ceiling or wall sheetrock or flooring.
  33. If in unconditioned space, verify your ducts are tightly connected to your HVAC equipment.
  34. Verify all outdoor doors (Including storm doors) close and seal tightly.
  35. In two-story homes serviced by one HVAC system, a paddle fan at the top of the stairs can push down hot, second-floor air.
  36. Keep your garage door down. A warmer garage in the winter and cooler garage in the summer will save energy.

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