Cheektowaga, New York (PressExposure) December 30, 2009 -- Winter in greater Buffalo means spending a good portion of your time indoors. And while you want to keep your home warm, comfortable and cozy, that can run up quite a tab for your heating and electricity costs. As the leading home improvement and furnishings club, DirectBuy of Buffalo has some helpful tips on heating your home more efficiently and keeping your electric bills in check.
âIt goes without saying that during these tough economic times, homeowners want to save wherever possible,â said Mark Klinger, owner of DirectBuy of Buffalo. âWhatâs amazing is that just by following a few simple steps, you can reduce your heating and electric bills significantly.â
Here are few things homeowners can do:
â¢ Set the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home, lowering the temperature at bedtime and when youâre out. â¢ Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans and run at slow speed. This creates a gentle updraft and recirculates the warmer air trapped at the ceiling to provide even, comfortable heat throughout a room. â¢ On sunny days, open the shades and curtains on the side of your home facing south to take advantage of the heat benefits of the sun. Make sure to close the shades and curtains at night for the opposite reason. â¢ Be wary of blocking your radiators or heating vents with furniture or drapes. To maximize heat from your radiator, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room. â¢ Replace all the lights in your high-traffic areas with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Replacing 25 percent of your lights with these bulbs can reduce your lighting expenses by 50 percent. â¢ Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Be sure to lock your windows to make them tighter and draft-resistant.
âThereâs nothing more brutal than a Buffalo winter. Yet by following some or all of these simple steps, you can keep your home comfortable and manage to save a bit on your heating and electric bills,â said Klinger.
For over 38 years, DirectBuy has helped consumers enjoy enormous savings on home furnishings, home improvement items, entertainment and outdoor products, flooring, and accessories, by providing an avenue to purchase directly from the manufacturer. Conveniently located at 4950 Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, New York, DirectBuy offers members a comfortable setting where they finally have the financial control of buying direct.
For more information on a DirectBuy membership, you can call 716-684-1400 or visit http://www.directbuycares.com.