Saving Energy and Keeping Warm

Some welcome tips on reducing energy while staying warm on these very cold days!

Tips for very cold days!

* Reduce your thermostate to 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night.   Thermostats in homes with infants and elderly should be set higher.

*Prevent heat loss by sealing air leaks around window and door frames with caulk or weather stripping.

*Retain heat by installing storm or thermal windows and doors, double-paned glass, or plastic sheeting over doors and windows.

*Keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can make your home warmer. Close them in the evening to keep the heat in.

*Move drapes or furniture from around radiators so heat can move freely.

*Clean or replace the furnace filter once a month or as needed.

*Use ceiling fans to circulate the warmer air found near the ceiling throughout your home.

*Install glass doors in front of your fireplace to prevent heat from
escaping up the chimney.

*Remove window air conditioners in the winter. If you can’t, enclose the
unit with an air conditioner cover to stop drafts.

*A two-degree adjustment to your thermostat setting (lower in winter,
higher in summer) can lower heating/cooling bills and prevent 500 pounds of
carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

*If installing a new heat pump (or central air conditioner) you should
know that recent field studies suggest that approximately 75 percent of
installed cooling equipment may have incorrect amounts of refrigerant. An
incorrect refrigerant level can lower efficiency by five to 20 percent, and can
cause the equipment to fail prematurely.

You can find more energy saving tips at http://www.coned.com/customercentral/energysavingtips.asp




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