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Tip #1- Lower Your Thermostat. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable setting. Turn your Thermostat down at night. If you are going to be away for several days, turn the thermostat to a lower setting, but not to “off .”

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tip 1 lower your thermostat
Tip #1- Lower Your Thermostat
  • Keep your thermostat at a comfortable setting.
  • Turn your Thermostat down at night.
  • If you are going to be away for several days, turn the thermostat to a lower setting, but not to “off.”
  • Better yet, buy a programmable Thermostat and preset a week’s worth of temperatures. It costs $50 - $150 and it will pay for itself within a year.
  • You can save up to three percent for each degree you lower your thermostat temperature.
tip 2 check your water heater
Tip #2 – Check Your Water Heater
  • After heating and cooling, your water heater is the next largest energy user in your home.
  • Use a thermometer to check your hot water temperature at the faucet closest to the water heater. If it’s over 120, consider reducing the thermostat setting.
  • Insulate your water heater with at least R-6 insulation. You can save enough money in energy bills to pay back the cost of materials within months and then keep on saving.
tip 3 seal weather strip
Tip #3 – Seal & Weather-Strip
  • Seal cracks or crevices where two different building materials meet and weather-strip around all doors and windows.
  • It’s also a good idea to weather-strip between heated and unheated areas such as garages, basements and attics.
tip 4 check filter unblock and clean vents
Tip #4 – Check Filter, Unblock and Clean Vents
  • Inspect filters monthly and replace as needed.
  • Make sure heating registers, vents and returns are not blocked by draperies or furniture.
  • These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.
tip 5 let the sun shine in
Tip #5 – Let the Sun Shine In
  • Take advantage of natural solar heat.
  • On sunny days, leave the draperies open to allow the sun’s rays to warm your house.
  • Close draperies on cloudy days and at night.