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Winter Tips for Heating Your Home
The recent cold spell is a reminder that your heating system has a few months of hard work ahead. Heating and cooling typically account for 44 percent of a home’s total energy expense. Another 14 percent is used to heat water. In the interest of energy conservation and reducing electric bills, consider these energy saving tips:
Heating System- Have a qualified technician inspect and service your system to ensure it is safe and working at peak efficiency.
Thermostat- Install a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for 8 hours a day while no one is home or while everyone is in bed will cut your heating bill up to 10 percent.
Insulation- Check insulation in the attic, ceilings, floors, exterior and basement walls or crawl space to make sure you have the recommended levels.
Air Leaks and Ventilation- Test your home for air leaks. By correcting the leaks, you can save 10 percent or more on your energy bill.
Look for Energy Star- labeled products as replacements for heating and cooling systems, electronics and appliances and cut up to 30 percent from your energy bills. Check out EEA’s list of rebates for energy star appliances.
Let the Sunshine In- Keep sun-exposed windows open in the daytime. The sun delivers enormous amounts of heat to most homes, even on the coldest winter days. If you will let the sun in during the day by keeping blinds, shades and draperies open, it can make quite a difference in the temperature of a room….and you can’t beat the price!