Home heating, energy conservation tips


Nassau County has seen its fair share of bad weather in 2014 and more is forecasted to be on the way. As the use of space heaters increases, the American Red Cross has released tips for residents to stay safe during the storm.

Home heating safety tips:

- Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.

- Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.

- If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away fro m space heaters.

- Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.

- Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

Power outages

If a power outage is two hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing your perishable foods, according to the Red Cross. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

Energy Conservation Recommendations:

- Turn off lights and computers when not in use.

- Wash clothes in cold water if possible; wash only full loads and clean the dryer's lint trap after each use.

- When using a dishwasher, wash full loads and use the light cycle. If possible, use the rinse only cycle and turn off the high temperature rinse option. When the regular wash cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door to allow the dishes to air dry.

- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights.