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You can lower your monthly heating bill up to 10% in winter simply by weather stripping your doors and windows.  See how much you can reclaim from the Energy Thief this winter!

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Smart Tips

September 30, 2008

Energy Thief

He sneaks around the corner with an extra gust of wind,
By sealing cracks under your doors you’ll almost have him pinned.
Switch light bulbs out to CFLs, change filters for your heat,
And you can catch this fugitive—that crook Energy Thief!
 

As winter steadfastly approaches, your own personal Energy Thief will soon be singing his theme song unless you take measures to ensure that you’re saving as much as you can on heating and lighting your home. And as Energy Thief hates the color green, your eco-friendly nature can eliminate his presence in your life for years to come.

  • Drafty doors and windows can not only make you shiver during the winter months, but they could significantly raise your heating bills in the winter and your air-conditioning bills in the summer. Taking steps to seal cracks and make sure your home is properly insulated will save money and energy.
  • Make the most out of your furnace by checking and replacing filters regularly.
  • Switch your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs – sold just about everywhere these days! This could reduce your monthly energy bills up to 10%.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat, which could save you anywhere from 5 to 20% on energy costs.
     

Check It Out

Do- it-yourself home energy audits:
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your

Calculate the energy used in your home in comparison to others: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=home_energy_yardstick.showStep2

Energy-Saving Checklist: www.aceee.org/consumerguide/checklist.htm
 

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