The Big Ticket Item: Heating & Cooling.
Heating and cooling account for 44 percent of your total utility bill,
more than any other system in your home. No matter what kind of heating, A/C or
ventilation system you use, proper maintenance and purchasing energy-efficient
equipment will save you big bucks and increase your comfort.
The Big Ten...Tips,
1 � Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in winter and
as high as possible in summer.
2 � Clean or replace furnace or A/C filters
once a month.
3 � Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators�make
sure furniture, carpeting or drapes do not block them.
4 � Bleed trapped
air from hot water radiators twice a season, and place a heat resistant reflector
between the radiator and exterior wall.
5 � Turn off kitchen, bath or other
ventilating fans as soon as they have done the job. One fan can pull out a houseful
of air in one hour.
6 � Select 90% energy-efficient equipment when you buy
a new furnace or air conditioner.
7 � Check ducts for air leaks and proper
insulation. Leaking or poorly-insulated ducts can add hundreds of dollars to your
annual energy bill.
8 � If you live in a moderate climate and use electricity
for heat, explore purchasing a heat pump�they can save as much as 30% to 40% on
your electrical heating bill.
9 � Consider installing a whole-house fan
to help cool your home.
10 � In summer, close your curtains and shades
during the day--in winter, open curtains on south and west-facing windows.
not tough to beat the cold winter blues or sweaty summers if you follow the Big
Pitfalls to Avoid
Pay attention...you could save
yourself some grief...
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