Conserving Energy in Winter
10 Winter Conservation Tips
The top ten energy conservation tips for cold weather are:
- Check all doors and windows for leaks. Apply inexpensive clear plastic film to the outside of windows to prevent air leaks. Apply sticky rubber sealant around the doors with leaks. The sealant is available at hardware stores.
- Check toilets and faucets for water leakage. A leaky faucet can waste up to 2,100 gallons of water a year.
- Close blinds and curtains at night.
- Dress warmly. The most energy and cost-efficient way to stay warm is to simply put on another layer of clothing.
- Keep your attic properly insulated. You will see a reduction in energy costs very quickly.
- Make sure fireplace dampers are in the closed position when not in use. Fireplaces send warm air from inside of your home up the chimney.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent energy efficient light bulbs.
- Turn back your thermostat. Turning back the thermostat by just a few degrees in the winter can help you to save on energy. Set it to 69 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it to 55 degrees when your home or building is unoccupied.
- Turn off exhaust fans when they are not needed. They send warm air from inside your home to the outside.
- When rinsing dishes, use cold water.
For questions or to learn more about energy efficiency and conservation, please contact Loudoun County Energy Manager Najib Salehi at 703-737-8442 or send an email to