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- Caulk and seal
all openings into the house especially around doors and windows.
- Leave curtains open
during the day to let sunlight in.
- Cover drafty windows
on the inside with clear plastic sheeting to help reduce infiltration of the cold.
- Adjust the thermostat
as low as possible. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10-15 degrees.
- Make sure your heating system is operating efficiently.
Replace furnace filters once a month or as needed.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater
to the warm setting.
- Wrap your electric hot water tank
with jacket insulation. This is especially valuable for older water heaters with little insulation.
- Shorten your showers.
Showers can account for 2/3 of your water heating costs.
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
Turn off TV’s if no one is watching them.
- Unplug electronics
that continue to use electricity even when they are switched “off”.
- Change out incandescent light bulbs
with fluorescent or LED lights.
- Consider increasing your insulation
up to R-38 to reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent if your ceiling is scantily insulated.