Office for the Aging


Keeping Warm, Part 2 of 2: Five MORE Tips

Heating your home can be a major expense. This expense can be especially hard on older New Yorkers on fixed incomes. Here are some tips to keep your home warmer and save some money.

  1. Putting a shelf above the radiator, especially if you have high ceilings, can also help channel the warmth. It's important not to place things on the radiator itself but you can put a shelf above it to stop the hot air from rising directly above it. This is particularly the case if the radiator is below a window with curtains, where warm air would be trapped between the window and the curtain.
  2. Close unused rooms. Keeping doors closed will prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house and contain the heat you've generated in a smaller area.
  3. Insulating your whole house professionally can seem expensive. Rolls of foam insulation are cheap and three rolls of 8inch deep foam should be enough to give most houses an important layer of extra protection.
  4. Setting automatic timers is important. It's a myth that keeping the heat on all day is better than lowering it while you are out and raising it when you are home. If it's very cold, the timer should be set to switch the heating on earlier, rather than turning the thermostat up to warm the house rapidly.
  5. Dress for the season. You may find that setting your thermostat to 67 degrees is warm enough if you dress accordingly. Just a few degrees either way can make a large difference in your heating bill.

Did You Know?
You may be eligible for HEAP(External Link) (Home Energy Assistance Program). To find out, please visit the OTDA's (New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance) website.