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Ward off Winter Woes!

  • Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees to save on heating costs.
  • Dress properly by wearing warmer clothing – a good time to break out those sweats!
  • Replace your return air filter at least once a month. Households with pets that shed may need to replace more often.
  • Use space heaters for only short periods and to "knock off" the chill of a room or small space.
  • Have your heater or furnace serviced to insure that it is operating properly.
  • Check weather-stripping and thresholds on doors and windows and replace or repair when necessary.
  • Caulk around plumbing and wires holes from the attic, and around socket and switch outlets, vent-a-hoods, recessed light fixtures, washer/dryer and bath vents to reduce air infiltration.
  • Check your central unit's duct system for leaks and repair with mastic or duct tape.
  • Check the R-value of your attic insulation and consider installing additional insulation where needed. Attic insulation levels of R-30 (around 10 inches) are recommended.
  • Open blinds and shades during sunny days to take advantage of the sun's natural heat. Close them on overcast days to hold in heat.
  • Set your water heater's temperature at 120 degrees. (Electric water heaters require that both elements be reset - unplug first!)
  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets.  A hot water leak can waste both energy and water.
  • Cover your water heater with an insulating blanket. Do not cover the top of a gas water heater at the flue as to limit the oxygen needed.
  • Insulate water heater feeder pipes with pipe insulation.
  • Never use an electric oven to heat your home. However, if you've already used After using your oven, leave the oven door ajar to take advantage of the heated air. Just be sure to turn the oven off first, or you'll be wasting energy!
  • Planting evergreen trees and shrubs on the northern and western sides of your home provide a natural winter block.
  • Unless it has an external air source, a fireplace will burn your conditioned air. Avoid using a non-Fueled fireplace or turn off your heater while in use.

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  • Raise your thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees to save as much as 18% on cooling.
  • Replace your return air filter at least once a month.
  • Wear lighter clothing and use fans to help circulate air for greater comfort.
  • Use lower wattage and compact fluorescent bulbs and turn off lights when not in use.
  • Do heat producing tasks, (cooking, laundry, dishwashing) in early morning or late evening.
  • Close blinds and shades to reduce heat gain in windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Open windows and use fans instead of air conditioning on cooler days.
  • Use exhaust fans to remove heat and moisture from bath, kitchen and laundry areas.
  • Set your water heater's temperature at 120 degrees. (Electric water heaters require that both elements be reset - unplug first!)
  • Use your microwave rather than your oven whenever possible.
  • Check weather-stripping on doors and windows and replace or repair when necessary.
  • Wash and dry full loads of clothing and clean lint filters after each use.

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Home and office lighting accounts for anywhere between 20% to 50% of electrical consumption. Making use of compact fluorescents (fluorescent lights adapted to screw into standard lamp and fixture sockets) can reduce the consumption compared to the load of incandescents by 75%. Compact fluorescents (CF's) also help to reduce unwanted heat gain during hot summer months yet still provide equivalent lighting.

Advantages of compact fluorescent lighting:

  • A 25-watt compact fluorescent light produces as much light as a standard 100-watt incandescent.
  • You can burn four 25-watt fluorescents for the same cost as burning one 100 watt incandescent.
  • Compact fluorescents have a rated life of 10,000 burn hours versus a rated life of only 750 burn hours for incandescents.
  • Compact fluorescents last between 4 to 7 years in normal household use
  • Compact fluorescents are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Compact fluorescents are available in numerous styles including three-ways, floods, dimmables and bug lights.

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