Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's Freezing!

With temperatures expected to be near or below freezing tonight, remember that blocking outside air from entering your home will help you save on your energy costs. Using a wrapped up towel at the bottom of doors where you feel a draft can help you keep the heated air in and save energy.

To reduce utility costs, thermostats should be set no higher than 68 degrees during the winter months. Consider lowering the temperature even more at night and adding extra blankets to stay warm. Using a programmable thermostat will allow you to use your heat wisely and keep your home warm when you most need it.

Other Tips

1. Use space heaters to heat specific rooms of your home where you live. This allows you to keep your thermostat at a lower temperature for the unoccupied areas of your house.

2. Be sure to use space heaters safely. Do not place them near furniture, curtains or anything else that may catch fire. Also, do not use them at night where they may fall over unnoticed.

3. Turn both the hot and cold water on to a slow drip in order to prevent pipes from freezing. Also open cabinet doors to allow heated air to flow around the exposed pipes.

4. Place weather protection covers over your outside faucets to prevent freezing.

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