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No Cost Energy Saving Tips for Winter

  • Turn down you heating system's thermostat to 68°F. Turn it down even lower if no one is home for several days.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for laundry whenever possible.
  • Turn off lights, televisions and computers when not in use.
  • Remove and recycle your second refrigerator.
  • Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north side during the day.
  • Clean refrigerator coils and set the temperature to 36° to 39°F and the freezer to 0 to 5°F.
  • Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use. Don't send warm air up the chimney.
  • Match the size of your pot or pan to the size of stove burner and cover them with lids when cooking.
  • Once a year, drain about one gallon of water from your water heater to remove sediment.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's heat drying option.

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