The last few weeks in Iowa have seen arctic temperatures. Around the Des Moines area and throughout much of Iowa, schools have even closed due to the potential hazardous conditions of extreme cold temperatures.
Such severe temperature lows are not only dangerous to human and animal health as they can cause frostbite in a mere minutes, but the low temps also affect our environment. We use more energy during such times, as we use more heating resources, running our furnaces and heating appliances longer and at sometimes higher temperatures.
But even during the lowest lows, it’s still possible to stay warm and green, nurturing the environment by saving energy.
Here’s some tips:
- Most importantly, tune up the furnace. A yearly service check ensures your furnace is working properly.
- Replace the filters on your furnace regularly.
- Take advantage of your programmable thermostat. Most homes now have them, but few homeowners take advantage of their features. They are a great tool to save energy, allowing you to reduce your heat when you’re away from home or sleeping.
- Set your ceiling fans to run in reverse. This pushes the hot air down into the living space, keeping the rooms warmer.
- Keep the damper closed on your fireplace (when it’s not in use) to prevent warm air from escaping.
- Lock and weather-strip all windows and doors.
- Let the sunshine in during the day. This not only allows for some natural sunlight to increase the temperature in your home, but it is also a natural source of light, allowing you to save on electricity.
- Block any drafts cheaply by placing a rolled up rag or towel flush against the bottom of the door.
- Cover windows with thick drapes, and keep the drapes closed at all times when there is no sunlight.
- Cover floors with thick rugs to retain the heat and keep the walkways underneath your feet warm.
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