Tips to keep your house warm and reduce energy use during this Arctic blast

Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-14 13:28:44-05

WEST MICHIGAN -- With extreme weather forecast for the entire weekend, Consumers Energy says there are a few things to watch out for to keep your home warm during the bitter cold while avoiding draining your bank account.

  1. Keep furniture, carpeting, curtains and pet hair from blocking heat registers and air return ducts.
  2. Keep your meters clear of snow and ice. When snow and ice is allowed to build up, it can become compacted and freeze, causing damage that interferes with proper operation of meters and related appliances. Snow should be removed only by hand, never with a shovel or power snow removal equipment.
  3. Close your attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent cold drafts and keep the heat in your primary living area.
  4. Consider setting your ceiling fans at a slow speed to push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room without creating a chilling breeze. This spreads the heat more evenly and will help you feel more comfortable.
  5. If radiators are located near cold outside walls, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.

With the potential for power outages due to high winds, ice or snow, Consumers Energy says to call 800-477-5050 immediately if you experience problems receiving gas or electricity.

More information can be found on Consumers Energy's website here.