Money-sav­ing tips to com­bat the cold

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

WHEN colder tem­per­a­tures set­tle in, fol­low these sim­ple en­er­gy­ef­fi­ciency tips to save all win­ter long:

•If you have cen­tral heat­ing and cool­ing, re­duce your ther­mo­stat to the low­est com­fort­able set­ting when home, and bump the ther­mo­stat down a de­gree or two when leav­ing home, if you aren’t turn­ing it off com­pletely.

•Op­er­ate ceil­ing fans in a clock-wise di­rec­tion, which pushes warm air back down into the room.

•One of the eas­i­est things cus­tomers can do to sup­port heat­ing ef­fi­ciency is to change air fil­ters reg­u­larly. A dirty air fil­ter makes a heat­ing sys­tem work harder, which uses more en­ergy •Have your heat­ing ven­ti­la­tion and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem checked more reg­u­larly by a qual­i­fied en­ergy. heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing con­trac­tor to main­tain ef­fi­ciency and peak per­for­mance.

• Leave cur­tains of blinds open dur­ing sunny win­ter days to al­low the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help in­su­late your home.

• Re­place stan­dard bulbs with com­pact flu­o­res­cent light ( CFL) bulbs or light emit­ting diodes (LED). CFLs and LEDs are more ef­fi­cient than reg­u­lar bulbs, while giv­ing off the same amount of light.

COSY: Be­ing prac­ti­cal about the tem­per­a­ture of your home can help you save money on heat­ing bills this win­ter.

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