Lock Your Windows…and Other Tips to Save

Finding the time to save energy doesn't have to be scary.

The winds howl. Darkness sweeps across the land, and there's a chill in the air. It must be fall in Wisconsin. Sounds frightening? It doesn't have to be. Our energy experts have some not-so-scary tips for saving energy this season.


Lock your windows.

It is easy to see the bottom sash of your window closed and forget about the upper sash. However, it's common for the upper sash to "fall down" a bit, leaving the top of a double-hung window open which often goes unseen because of blinds or shades. Leaving windows unlocked allows the air to move in and out of the house as energy loss. Ensure this doesn't happen by locking your windows!

Don't get tricked when installing window kits.

Not all window kits are created equal, but the most important factor is the way they are installed. A full seal must be made with the frame of the window. If there is even a small hole or area that is not sealed, it will diminish the effectiveness of the covering. Want to skip the film? Windows also can be caulked with a temporary kind (caulk that peels off when you want it off) to be made airtight.

What's that in the basement?

Is it time to replace your furnace? A variety of new options can offer you increased comfort and cut your heating bill. Older furnaces can waste 40 cents of every heating dollar.

FOCUS ON ENERGY® offers cash-back rewards for furnaces with a 95% AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) or greater and an efficient fan motor and boilers with 95% AFUE. Visit Focus on Energy for details. And don't forget to change your filter as needed!

Check high and low.

Some homes have two air returns – a high (a grate higher up on the wall) and a low (a grate closer to the floor). When the seasons change and we go from cooling to heating, it's helpful to close the higher return and ensure the lower one is open. This encourages the cooler air settling lower to the ground to get sucked into the return ductwork and sent back to the furnace to get heated once again.

Get free energy expert advice.

By working together, we can reach our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Being energy efficient is something we all can do to help us reach our goals.

MGE can provide tips and answer your questions about saving energy. Call the MGE Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117 or send an email to AskExperts@mge.com.

published: Oct-11-2019