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by Laura Hendrix - November 2, 2017
Throughout most of the state, we recently experienced our first cold spell for the
season. Have you turned on your home heating unit yet? Heating your home can be a
big chunk of your utility costs. According to the Department of Energy, energy bills
for an average household total more than $2,000 a year. About half of this is for
heating and cooling.
1. Re-set your thermostat – turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees while you are
sleeping or when you’re away. You can do this manually or install aprogrammable thermostat.2. Maintain equipment – Have your heat and air unit serviced according to the recommended
maintenance schedule for the type of unit you have. Change airfilters regularly – once a month or as needed. Dust clogged filters reduce the efficiency
of the system.3. Seal gaps. Cold air may be seeping in through openings around doors and windows.
Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks.4. Let the sun shine in. Open curtains on south facing windows to let in the warmth of
the sun during the day. Close curtains at night to help keep out cold air.5. Properly insulate. Make sure that your home is properly insulated. The department
of energy recommends insulation with a level R-38 value, which isusually about 12-15 inches. The attic is the quickest and easiest place to add insulation
that will give you the most bang for your buck on energy savings – up to 20% on your
heating and cooling bill.
You can make changes that will help you save 20-50% on your heating costs this winter.
For more details on weatherstripping, insulation, and energy-saving devices;visit www.energy.gov.
Laura Hendrix, PhD, Associate Professor – Personal Finance & Consumer EconomicsAFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor), Certified Volunteer Manager
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