Stay Warm and Save this Winter

The warm glow of a winter house
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Winter has arrived along with the rain and cold.  Follow these tips to help keep your family warm this winter:

  • Have HVAC systems cleaned and inspected to ensure optimum efficiency and safety.  Change the filter and check its condition monthly.
  • Inspect the weather-stripping and caulking around all windows, doors and any openings for utility services. 
  • Remove window air conditioners if possible, or install an air conditioner cover to eliminate drafts.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed tightly when not in use.
  • Reverse the rotation of ceiling fan blades.  During the winter, blades should spin so the warm air that has risen can be re-distributed around the room.
  • Switch to more energy-efficient lighting, such as CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.


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