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Do you know that weather, especially, cold weather, affects residential energy bills more than any other factor?  Heating claims about a 42 percent share of overall use in U.S. homes.  

The temperature difference between the inside of your home and the air temperature outside is greater during the winter than in the summer.  

Put simply, the greater the temperature difference, the harder your heating system has to work to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.   

 

Winter heating bills impact wallets across the state.  Here are some suggested ways to cut back on energy usage and keep your bills as low as possible:

  • Find and seal all air leaks.  Check for cracks near doors and windows, gaps around pipes and chimneys, and any unfinished areas.  Plug leaks with weather-stripping, caulk, or expandable foam. 

  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees, or install a programmable thermostat.

  • Close blinds and curtains at night; if sunny, open them during the day. 

  • Cover drafty windows yourself with easy, effective, and inexpensive shrink-to-fit plastic.

  • Turn off lights when not in use.  Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.

  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.

  • Keep your garage door closed for a warmer garage in winter, and cooler garage in summer. 

To find more ways to save, go to www.TogetherWeSave.com.  Call Fleming-Mason Energy at 1-800-464-3144 if you have additional questions or would like to speak to an energy adviser.  

 

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