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Fall & Winter Energy Saving Tips

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Patrice Broughton

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of Fall & Winter Energy Saving Tips

Why Winterizing Matters
Winterizing is very important for energy efficiency and getting the most from your air conditioning unit.

Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow the sun to heat your home. Be sure to close the curtains at night to reduce the amount of cold you feel from the windows.
Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun

Use heavy plastic to cover the frame of your windows or tape to the inside frame of your window.
Cover Drafty Windows
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. 68 degrees is the recommended temperature.

When you are sleeping or out, set your thermostat back another 10 degrees to save another 10% on your energy bills.

Putting in a programmable thermostat will make it easier to turn back the thermostat.
Adjust the Temperature
Seal the air leaks around recessed lighting in insulated ceilings and unfinished spaces in closets and cupboards.

Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

Find and Seal Leaks
Service your heating system.
Find out what your heating system needs to optimize heating efficiency.

Furnaces: Replace filters once a month or as needed.

Wood Burning Heaters: clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.
Maintain Your Heating System
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter.

Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
Reduce Heat Loss from the Fireplace
Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed your home.

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees).
Lower Your Water Heating Cost
Use LED holiday lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
Lower Your Holiday Lighting Cost
Fall & Winter Energy Saving Tips
Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save money in the fall and winter months.
Install drapes or shades on windows to insulate them after they have been weatherized.
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