Is anyone else dreading their gas bill for this month? Utah County has seen a cold streak the last several days and I am sure all of our furnaces have been working overtime. Here are some ways to save money when the temperature drops.
1- Change or clean your furnace filter once a month.
2- Install a programmable thermostat.
3- Don’t set the thermostat higher than you actually want it.
4- Don’t let furniture and draperies block the air flow from air registers.
5- If your home has a boiler system, avoid covering radiators with screens or blocking them with furniture.
6- When using the fireplace, turn down the furnace to 55 degrees. If you don’t, all the warm air from the furnace will go right up the chimney, wasting energy and money.
7- A ceiling fan should blow air down in the winter and up in the summer.
8- During the winter, remove window air conditioners and seal the windows with caulk and weatherstripping.
9- Use safety plugs in all unused outlets. These are prime places for outside air to leak into your home.
10- If your home has a large, single-pane picture window, use heavy draperies during the winter to help hold back cold air.
There are dozens of ways to save energy. Take a look around your home and see what can be done. You will be pleasantly surprised when that gas bill comes. Stay warm!
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