Get Energy Ready & Keep Energy Bills at Bay this Winter

To help you prepare for the winter cold while keeping your energy bills low - we have prepared a few tips.

STEP 1: CHECK YOUR HEATING SYSTEM

  • Schedule a routine maintenance and inspection of your heating system each autumn to make sure it is in good working order.

  • Replace your heater’s air filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Your heating system will work less hard, use less energy and last longer as a result. Most homeowners can replace filters and do such simple tasks as cleaning and removing dust from vents or along baseboard heaters.

  • If your heating system is old, you may want to consider updating it with one of the more efficient newer models. You can cut down your natural gas use and your monthly bill!

  • Use your set-back thermostat. If you have an older home, consider installing one! A set-back thermostat allows you to automatically turn down the heat when you are not home/sleeping at night and to boost the temperature to a more comfortable temperature when you need it! (It takes less energy to warm a cool home than to maintain a warm temperature all day long). Properly using your set-back thermostat could cut your heating costs from 20 to 75 percent!!

  • Reverse the switch on your ceiling fans so they blow upward, toward the ceiling. Ceiling fans are great in the summer, when air is blowing downward it improves circulation making a room feel cooler. By reversing the fan’s direction – the blades move air upward. This is helpful in the winter, where the heat that naturally rises is forced back down into the room.

  • Make sure all heating vents are opened and unblocked by furniture or other items! This will ensure that the air is evenly distributed through the home.

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