Staying warm

Don’t let winter cold take a bite out of your wallet. Fight back with these tips:

  1. Get smart.This winter, about 50% of your energy costs will come from heating your home. Dropping the temperature by just a few degrees can make a huge difference. It’s even easier to save with a smart thermostat you can control right from your phone – and automatically adjusts while you’re away or sleeping. Check our store for instant rebates.
  2. Find where your home is losing heat. If your home is drafty or cold in one room but hot in another, consider an in-home energy audit. A certified energy auditor will perform a comprehensive evaluation and suggest updates that can save energy and money. Take advantage of instant savings if you have the work done by a participating contractor.
  3. Flip the switch. In the winter, reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to a clockwise direction and turn it on at low speed. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling back down to you.
  4. Mind the gaps. Fill openings and gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows, basement brick and cement work with an easy-to-use spray foam insulation you can pick up at any hardware store.
  5. Out with old, in with the new. It could be time to consider replacing heating equipment, especially if your system is more than 15 years old. An ENERGY STAR® certified furnace will keep you warmer and save you money no matter how cold it gets outside. Save more with our rebates.
  6. Keep the air warmer and cleaner. A dirty air filter makes your furnace work harder to keep you warm, and you may need to change your air filter more often than you thought. ENERGY STAR® recommends checking your filter once a month and changing it if it looks dirty. If you hold it up to a light source you will be able to see if the filter is dirty or clogged – if you can’t see the light through it, then it’s definitely time for a replacement.

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