It’s Colder Than (Fill In The Blank)!
To help get through this week’s mind-numbing cold, Con Edison suggests these steps:
- Utilize a programmable thermostat, and/or turn your thermostat down when you are not at home. Set the thermostat while you are home to a reasonable temperature that meets your comfort and health needs.
- Make sure your thermostat is not affected by drafts that could skew the readings. Use a smart thermostat to automatically change the heating pattern to fit your schedule.
- Take a moment to turn off any devices or appliances you are not using.
- Use weather-stripping in all attic stairwells and access openings for tight insulation.
- Stop cold air infiltration from electric switch and plug outlets by using draft blockers.
- Open curtains and/or shades of east, south and west-facing windows on sunny winter days to let the sun help you heat your home. Close them at night. Keep draperies closed all day on north-facing windows.
- Close hot air vents or radiators in unused rooms. Then, close the doors to those rooms securely, using draft guards at the door bottoms if necessary. CAUTION: If you have a radiator-hot water system, be sure the unused room does not get so cold as the temperature falls below freezing.
- Check all places where heat enters the room. Make sure the draperies and furniture do not block the flow of heat.
- Use a room or furnace humidifier or keep shallow pans of water on radiator tops or near hot air vents to add humidity to your home.
- Check the filters on your forced-air furnace every month during the heating season. Replace as necessary.
- Never use a gas oven or range, or charcoal grill to heat a room. This causes a carbon monoxide danger that could prove fatal.
Customers can also save money on heating by using these tips:
- Have a qualified contractor clean and inspect your heating system.
- Inspect and clean air ducts and heating vents to ensure adequate air flow and eliminate any loss of heated air.
- Insulate hot-water pipes and warm-air ducts that pass through unheated areas.
- Clean or replace filters for your hot-air furnace and heat-pump.
- Head over to Con Edison’s Marketplace where you can shop for energy-saving appliances and products.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $49 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.