It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are falling, and your energy bills may be rising. Here are some tips to help you achieve better energy efficiency this winter, and, hopefully, save you some money.
Maintain the furnace. It’s important to have a professional “check up” every year. Also, make sure to clean or replace the filters monthly.
- Let the light in. Open your curtains or shades on south-facing windows during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Set it so the temperature is lower while you’re away or sleeping and warmer when you’re home.
- Close the fireplace damper (unless you’re burning a fire). A lot of warm air can escape from this area.
- Use Energy Star® rated appliances. Energy Star appliances, bulbs, electronics, and other equipment meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy.
- Turn the water temperature down. Set the temperature to 120 degrees to save some money.
- Consider a heat-air exchange system for your fireplace. This equipment blows warmed air back into the room.
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