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Energy Saving Winter Tips

Energy Saving Winter Tips
  • Replacing or cleaning filters can reduce dust and save 5% in heating costs.

  • Opening up drapes and blinds on windows with southern exposure lets the sun in, heating your home for free.

  • Fireplaces pull heated air out of the house so use it sparingly and be sure the damper is closed when it's not in use.

  • Moister air feels warmer, so by adding a humidifier you can set your thermostat lower to help you save money.

  • Place a piece of paper between the door and frame and shut the door - if you can pull the paper out without tearing it, you should weather-strip around the door.

  • Save 5% on your electricity bill by making sure there's no lint in your dryer lint trap before you hit the dry cycle

  • Give it away instead of throwing it away. It's called freecycling and it keeps landfills from loading up on things someone else could use. Find or a start a local group at freecycyle.org

  • Pay your bills electronically. In addition to helping you become a prompt payer, which will help your credit score, you'll also be protecting yourself from identity thieves who peruse curbside mailboxes for personal information. And because you'll be ale to make payments later in your billing cycle, your money will have more time to earn interest.

  • Buy fresh instead of canned. If every US household chose one pound of fresh fruit instead of jarred or canned for just three months, the total energy saved could operate kitchen appliances of over 21,000 households for an entire year.



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