Cooler temperatures (well, cool to us southerners) are upon us! While our temperatures aren’t usually as brutal as those north of us, we can still use the following money saving tips to get us through the
- Set your thermostat to 68°F in the winter and leave it there. You can immediately realize a 3% to 5% decrease in energy use for every degree you adjust the thermostat setting above or below your normal setting.
- Make sure furniture, curtains and rugs don’t block the flow of air from vents and air registers.
- Maintain heating and cooling unit efficiency by changing your filters monthly during the heating and cooling season. If you have pleated filters, change them at least every three months.
- Clean dust from supply and return air grilles and heating outlets.
- Make sure the caulk and weather-stripping around your windows and doors is in good shape. If the caulk is cracked or the weather-stripping is flat or peeling, replace the old material.
- Seal around wiring and plumbing penetrations. Use caulk for small holes and expanding foam for larger areas. This will keep unconditioned air from entering the house.
- Have your heating and cooling system professionally serviced annually to keep them running at top efficiency.
- Open curtains and shades to let the sun warm your home naturally.
- Dress warmly, even indoors. This will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower and still stay comfortable.
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