How to be Energy Efficient and Stay Warm with an In-Wall Heater
With cold winter conditions approaching, many of you are probably thinking of ways you can keep your home warm, save money, and still be mindful of the environment. H.R.BLR.com reports that "A recent survey that measured homeowners attitudes, 92 percent of Americans responded that they want to make their homes more energy efficient, yet almost half (42 percent) have not taken any steps to do this because they think it would be too expensive."
The rising cost of fossil fuels and the need to use them to stay warm is an ongoing problem that environmentalists, politicians, and consumers all over the world are trying to tackle. It's not just a US problem it's a global issue many countries are dealing with. In places where winters can get extremely cold like Great Britain, Russia, and even parts of the US, government officials are scrambling to help the poor utilize energy in an efficient way.
People are paying record high energy bills simply because of the cost of oil. Many can't afford the increasing costs and fail to heat their homes appropriately. This promises to be one of the coldest winters ever. So what are the best ways to save energy and stay warm?
Below we address the issues surrounding global heating and ways governments plan to help those in need. Also, consider some home heating tips that might help you save money this winter on your own heating bill and stay warm at the same time.
In London, Chris Huhne MP of The Liberal Democratic Voice admits "no government can control volatile world energy prices;" however, he provides examples of ways the British Government is helping.
First, they're offering four million vulnerable households in Great Britain free loft and cavity wall insulation to help ward off the cold. Second, they're working to decrease energy bills to those in need so they can stay warm and still save money. UK energy suppliers have agreed to write to all eight million of their consumers who could save up to 100 pounds by changing payments to direct deposit.
In the US, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help low-income families with winter heating bills. This Home Energy Assistance Program is provided by the United States Government and provides air to families in need across the country. If you become unemployed, work part-time or are low-income, free government help for your heating will be given once a year.
One of the issues many American citizens are facing are the cutbacks. According to an article by the Associated Press posted on New Jersey News.com, the US Government has cut back on the amount of money they can offer the poor for heating this winter. In some winter states like New Jersey this is a problem many are facing, including the elderly. Thousands of people across the Northeast are bracing for a difficult winter with substantially less home heating aid coming from the federal government.
The Economic Collapse blog post claims that "According to the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association, more than 10 million US households will not be able to afford to heat their homes this winter without assistance. With the poor economy, government budget cuts, and the lack of employment for many this winter is going to be like the past - cold and painful.
That leaves a lot of people to deal with staying warm on their own. There are some ways to increase the warmth in your home. Following a few simple suggestions can help stretch your energy dollar and provide a more comfortable living area.
- If you can't afford insulation, then seal all windows and doors with weather stripping or caulking a gun, and if you must, lay towels at the base of each to keep cold from seeping in. Another helpful tip is to use your plastic grocery bags to fill window cracks and crevices. This really helps keep the cold from seeping through.
- Invest in blankets, a Snuggie, sweats, and outdoor socks. Use these items to increase your body temperature, especially when sitting still and watching T.V. or sleeping. Another great item to use is thermal underwear. Shop your local sporting goods store for camping gear, clothing, and sleeping bags with a temperature rating etc. this will help maintain body temperature.
- If you can't install double paned windows then line them. Lining with cellophane, bubble wrap or other clear plastic material helps immensely. Then place draperies over them, preferably lined draperies to really keep the cold out.
- Lastly, invest in a room heater like anin-wall heater or oil filled heater. These space heaters are electric and the energy ratings are much more efficient than any other type of heating. These heaters are economical, 100% efficient, and use a green source of energy. There's no oil - fossil fuels used to develop warmth.
Space heaters provide room by room warmth. In-wall heaters are hardwired into the wall either in a bedroom, living room, or bathroom. Either way, you can create just enough warmth to prevent cold, unhealthy living conditions.
Other Winterizing Suggestions
- Stock up on food, even foods that don't require cooking, and keep plenty of water on hand
- Be aware of the wind chill factor in your area
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls
- Keep extra batteries where you can find them easily
- Always have a first aid kit ready, extra medicine, and baby items
- Keep safe heating solutions and alternative fuels available in the event of an emergency
- Have a buddy system in place so you have the help you need when you need it