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Easy Saving Tips

  • Set thermostat at 68°F or lower in the winter & 78° or higher in the summer.
  • Check air filters monthly; change when dirty or according to manufacturer guidelines.
  • Keep HVAC vents and interior doors open to keep air flowing freely to and from the unit.
  • Have your central heating and cooling system professionally serviced annually.
  • Set your water heater to 120°F and visually inspect it periodically for leaks.
  • Unplug appliances, lights, TVs, computers, etc. when not in use.

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Quick Projects

  • Upgrade your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches).
  • Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which use up to 75% less energy.
  • Install programmable thermostats and set them properly.
  • Check your duct work for leaks or tears.
  • Repair fallen or crushed ducts and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.

Get a detailed list of more Energy Saving Tips & Quick Projects.


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