Take CHARGE of Your Heating Bill

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your home, your thermostat
can be the key for you to save
money. In winter, the lowest
comfortable settings mean the
greatest dollar
savings.
Take a look at the relationship between the temperature setting on your thermostat
and the cost of operation in the chart below. Based on 70
degrees Fahrenheit, it would cost 6.2 percent more to raise
the room temperature to 72 degrees.
TEMPERATURE - COST RELATIONSHIP
Room temperature
Based on 70 degrees
68 degrees .................................... costs 6.2 % less
69 degrees .................................... 3.1% less
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If you are wondering why your electric energy
use is up in the winter, consider these often overlooked reasons:
People decorate, cook and bake more
during the holidays.
76 degrees .................................... 18.7% more
Lights are on longer because of shorter
daylight hours.
Electric blankets are used more.
Clothes dryers run more often.
Kids are inside more playing electronic
games, opening and closing the refrigerator, etc.
Thermostats are set too high.
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71 degrees .................................... 3.1% more
72 degrees .................................... 6.2% more
73 degrees .................................... 9.4% more
74 degrees .................................... 12.5% more
75 degrees .................................... 15.6% more
77 degrees .................................... 21.9% more
78 degrees .................................... 25.0% more
79 degrees .................................... 28.0% more
80 degrees .................................... 31.0% more
High settings waste energy in addition to money.
Example: if your electric heating costs for the month were
approximately $49 and your room temperature was 80
degrees, you could save more than $10 a month by reducing your thermostat setting to 70 degrees.
The lower your thermostat setting the more you save.
The recommended thermostat setting for winter use is 68
degrees. Some consumers like it warmer and some like it
cooler. But for the same house and same size family, they
will have different energy bills. Senior citizens and those
with circulation problems should be careful not to set their
thermostats much below 65 degrees.
Be more aware of your
energy use and ways
to manage it during
the winter
There are dozens of do-it-yourself home improvements that will help keep your home warm this winter and save
your family money. Take a look at these 10 easy things you can do to get control of your heating bills:
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Seal electrical outlets - Cold drafts can seep through electrical outlets if they are not properly insulated. Seal all electrical outlets
with draft blockers or insulating gaskets that fit behind the cover plates.
Close the flue damper when you’re not using the fireplace - Heat rises and chimneys can suck warm air right out of the house.
Put the sun to work for you - Open draperies on sunny days but close them at night. And wash your windows. Having clean
windows can increase the amount of warm sunlight that comes into your home by as much as 30 percent.
Don’t heat unused rooms - Close heating vents in spare bedrooms and other little used areas. And keep doors to unused
rooms closed.
Turn the thermostat down - Keep the setting at 68 degrees or lower when you’re home and turn it down to 55 at night or
while you’re at work. You cut costs by 3 percent for every degree you lower it.
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Bundle up - If you wear sweaters and heavy fabrics indoors, you won’t notice that the air is cooler when you turn down
the thermostat.
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Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan blades - Reversing the blades will push warm air down into the room.
Lighten
up!
Winter’s shorter days mean more time spent indoors and more hours of lighting your home.
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Insulate windows - Windows leak up to 25 per
cent of the cost of a home’s heating.
Simple measures can help in cutting lighting costs, like turning lights off when they’re not in use.
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But if you are looking for an easy alternative in lighting, think about using fluorescent light bulbs. Watt for watt, they offer more light and a much longer life than ordinary
incandescent bulbs.
Fluorescents have come a long way from those long, skinny tubes in the office. They’re
now available in a compact version that screws into ordinary lamps and ceiling fixtures.
And, while they are more expensive to purchase than regular light bulbs, they are far
cheaper to operate because they use less electricity than incandescent bulbs and they
last for years. Using fluorescent bulbs can save you up to 77 percent on your lighting
costs this winter.
Don’t overlook filters - Heating systems
run much more efficiently if filters are
cleaned and replaced regularly.
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Seal small leaks - Use weather stripping around outside
doors and windows.
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