Winter is just around the corner. A little preparation goes a long way in terms of comfort, and potential savings. Here are some hints for ways to conserve energy at home, and still keep cozy.
Any time of year:
* Unplug appliances and televisions when not in use.
* Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t in use.
* Set the water heater to maintain of temperature between 110 and 120 degrees.
Specifically during the colder months:
* Put storm windows in securely to keep the cold out.
* Leave shades and curtains open by day (to let the sun’s heat in) and closed by night to retain that heat.
* Make sure crawl spaces, attics and basements have good insulation.
* Close fireplace dampers when not in use.
* Place weather-stripping and caulk around all doors and windows.
* Replace furnace filters on a regular basis, and have your furnace serviced as needed.
* Maintain an inside temperature that’s comfortable, but not toasty. Make up for the lower temperature by wearing a sweater, and socks or slippers while inside.
* Use only LED holiday lights.
* For more great tips, check out this Energy Saver Guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team
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