It is no surprise to the area residents living in the Adirondack region that temperatures, especially in the winter months, can be pretty extreme. The coldest recorded temperature was -52° F at the Stillwater Reservoir, February 9, 1934. This is not a typical winter, but it is not uncommon in a severe winter to experience 30 or more days of sub-zero temperatures. Keeping warm in such extremes is not just a matter of comfort but a battle against the cold to prevent pipes and well pumps and lines from freezing and having enough firewood on hand to make it through the season.
Keeping your home energy efficient in cold regions such as the Adirondacks can be challenging but not impossible. Today, there are many technological breakthroughs in insulation, windows & doors, construction techniques, home heating equipment as well as upgrading your fireplace to a more energy efficient wood burning insert. By keeping your home energy efficient, you not only consume less fuel (fuel oil, firewood, propane etc.) but you save money as well as make your life easier.
Energy Saving Tips for Your Home
- Seal up cracks and air leaks
- Replace old windows
- Insulate your attic, walls and floors with enough insulation. (See U.S. Department of Energy chart below)
- Replace old heating equipment
- Install a wood burning insert (fireplaces contribute to 14% of total heat loss in a home)
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Replace old light bulbs with compact florescent or LED lights
- Keep the temperature on your water heater below 120° or install an on-demand unit
- Use power strips to cut power to TV’s, VCR/DVD players etc. when not in use
- Wash clothes on cold
- Take shorter showers and not baths
- Cover kitchen vent hoods when not in use
Energy Savings Links
Below are even more tips on keeping your home more energy efficient as well as advice and incentives from NY State, National Grid and the Department of Energy.