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Keep Warm and Save Energy

December 30, 2011

Tips to keep your home warm

Maintaining your home during the winter months is important. Here are some easy steps to take that will help cut down on heating costs and keep your home warm:

Check your system’s air filter every month and when it is dirty, change it. Try to change it every three months. Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating system failure.

Control your home’s temperature by using one of the pre-programmed settings. When used properly, programmable thermostats can save up to $180 every year in energy costs.

Sealing air leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will reduce energy bills significantly. If you are adding insulation to your home, be sure to seal air leaks first.

Energy Star qualified products can help you save energy and reduce energy bills. The label can be found on more than 60 types of products ranging from heating and cooling equipment to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

Lowering the thermostat setting a degree or two can save up to 3 percent per degree on heating costs.

Shutting the door and vents in unused rooms can save up to 3 percent on heating costs.

Source: EPA, Edison Electric.

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