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Top 10 Tips To Keep Eco-Friendly Heat In Your Home

Suggested Title: Top 10 Tips To Keep Eco-Friendly Heat In Your Home
Would you believe that Eco-Friendly Heating in the winter is the culprit behind four tons of greenhouses gases getting into the air every month? Half of what the home is using is literally wasted trying to heat it up. If you want to join in on the go-green movement, utilize these 10 tips to make your home more energy efficient.

Ten Home/Business Heating Tips

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #1 - Seal Off Any Leaks

When you want a warm home during the winter, it can be pesky to have leaks that steal away your warm air. The same situation holds true for summer. You want your cold air to stay inside. To stop leaks from entering your eco-friendly heating home, use insulation strips around windows, plumbing, doors, fireplace dampers and wiring holes. How can you find these leaks? While some are easy to find, others are not so much. Take a candle or incense on a breezy day. Have the smoke of the incense or candle to tell you if you have leaks. The spacing between your door and floor should have a sweep installed to keep the heat/cold out (as well as any bugs too).

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #2 - Cover Your Windows

Install storm windows or a plastic barrier on your windows to reduce how much heat you lose. Storm windows typically cost about $12.50 per square foot. When you have exterior storm windows, your inside air increases by 30 degrees.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #3 - Stay Ventilated

Don't forget to air out your home every now and then so you reduce the possibility of mold and mildew growing. This is especially true if your home is better insulated.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #4 - Heating Your Home Entirely

Make use of your ceiling fans in the wintertime. Have it spread the heat that rises to the ceiling to the entire room. You don't also need a ceiling fan to do this. A slow moving fan will work just as well as long as it is pointed toward the ceiling.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #5 - Heat Your Home Wisely

You don't have to heat your home to 90 degrees or more to just get comfortable. Put on warmer clothing and turn down your thermostat. You save 10 percent of energy each degree less that you use. If you use space heaters, close the doors to the rooms that they are in. While you are sleeping, turn down the thermostat too.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #6 - Close the drapes

Heat loss can be experienced by your window drapes. Make sure you can close them off especially at night. If you have an old blanket, use it to help you lower the costs and save your heat. Look into purchasing insulation drapes for your windows.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #7 - The Fireplace

If you like to use your fireplace, make sure your lower the thermostat on your heater. Why? When you open the fireplace damper, it will escape through it. A fireplace is only about 10 percent effective in heating a home. Make sure you slightly open a window nearby the fireplace and close any doors to the room the fireplace is located. Fireplaces are not a good way to eco-friendly Heating at home but many people love the glow and feel it gives off.

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #8 - Lower Your Hot Water Tank Temperature

Heating the water tank your home accounts about 13 percent of your utility bill. You can reduce your home's water bill by doing four things. They are:
- Turn down the thermostat
- Buy a new efficient water heater
- Insulate your water heater
- Reduce how much how water you use

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #9 - Be Passive

Techniques that cost little and are inconspicuous often do well to heat your home. Install insulated windows on your home's south side and have a heat-absorbing wall installed in close proximity to those windows. The goal is to bring in and use the solar heat while retaining your own home's eco-friendly heat

Eco-Friendly Heating Tip #10 - Cuddling/Grouping    

Your body eco-friendly heat can help to heat up an area of the room. Gather some friends together and throw a party. The more body heat you got going, the more heat is generated, insulation for the home. Offer some hot cider or hot chocolate to the mix

Submitted by theecoguru on Nov 18, 2009