some ways to reduce home heating oil use:
your heated areas. That is, turn down your thermostat, and then
use space heaters in the room(s) you are currently occupying,
closing off the door to contain the heat. And close off areas
which are colder, only going into them when really necessary
(attics, basements, mudrooms, drafty rooms with a lot of
exterior window or wall space). And if you use wind energy from
PECO, it's even greener.
cracks and crevices.
extra layers in the daytime (thermals, sweaters, scarves,
thick socks, warm shoes even in the house - or mocassins) and
at night (extra layers of blankets, flannel sheets and pjs or
nightgowns, socks to bed)
lots of hot beverages -- they warm you three ways. Warm
you while cooking, warm your hands while holding, warm your
tummy while drinking.
eat lots of stews and soups - simmer a long time on the stove
and you can bring some of your reading / socializing / work into
the kitchen to enjoy the heat while they are
of people. Or snuggle up to someone. That warms you several
ways as well.
your furnace filters at least once a year. And have your
furnace maintained by a professional.
is your furnace? As they age, they get less efficient (unlike
us humans, whose declining physical efficiency is offset by
craftiness). Also older ones were
designed at much worse efficiency levels to begin with. It
may pay off in a few years if you invest in a more
efficient, newer model.
good book about a warmer climate. You may forget for minutes at
a time that your nose is freezing.
particularly fond of the snuggle option, myself.
2005 Nancy Boxer / member of the Mt Airy Greening