December 2018 eNewsletter: How to Save Money & Conserve Energy This Winter

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The winter chill is here! Learn how to save money this season with simple tips for your home.

Change Your Air Filters
When dust clogs the filter, the HVAC unit has to work harder and harder to pull air through. Replacing your filter at least every few months will save you some money and extend the life of your heater.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
These devices can save you as much as 10 percent annually and enables you to have peace of mind when you leave the house or climb into your warm bed at night, knowing the temperature will adjust automatically.

Get an Energy Audit
An energy audit uses a blower door test and an infrared camera to pinpoint leaks and identifies ways to improve energy efficiency. Schedule the audit through your utility company and ask about rebates.
This procedure is worth the investment because it’s almost impossible to find most sources of energy loss on your own. You’ll get a detailed report listing upgrades you can make to cut heat loss and use less energy.

Utilize Your Ceiling Fan

If you have a ceiling fan, reverse it in the winter so that the warm air is evenly distributed. In the summer, make the fan run counter-clockwise to create a cooling wind.

Switch to LED Holiday Lights
Still using those light strands that date to the late 90s? Time for an upgrade. 90 percent of a light bulb’s energy is wasted generating heat. That fact is more than an ice-breaker for your next Christmas party. It’s also motivation to get LED holiday lights this year. They use one quarter the energy, last longer and produce less heat, making them safer.

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