|Simple Steps to Lower Heating Costs and Keep You Warm|
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Simple Steps to Lower Heating Costs and Keep You Warm
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — While cold temperatures mean higher heating bills, don’t forget some easy steps to make your home more energy and cost effective this winter.
Energy dollars can pour out of your living space through drafty doors and windows as well as unused portions of the home. The Energy Education Council (EEC) encourages people to make a small investment of time for big dividends in keeping your home or apartment warm and cost efficient this winter.
“Most winterizing steps can pay for themselves relatively quickly with heating bill savings,” says Molly Hall, EEC Executive Director. “And don’t overlook simple energy-saving steps such as letting the sun warm rooms on sunny days or closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use. These are effective energy-saving tips that cost you nothing.”
Costs associated with heating and cooling account for the majority, about 44 percent of utility bills. Lowering the thermostat is the easiest way to save energy. Energy use is reduced for every degree dialed down. With an eight-hour setback of 10 degrees, the savings is about 20 percent, about 2 percent each degree lowered over an eight hour period. If two eight-hour setbacks of 10 degrees lower are used while sleeping and during time away from home, up to 40 percent savings can result. Turn it down when you are away from home or sleeping, and keep it to the lowest comfortable level when you’re at home. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature day and night.
Use these tips to help cut costs and improve heating efficiency and safety:
“Most people will be pleasantly surprised to realize double digit percentage savings on their heating bills by using these simple measures,” Hall said. “And don’t forget, saving energy is the cheapest and cleanest way to add to our energy supply.”
For more efficiency information, visit wwww.EfficiencyResource.org. The online Energy Efficiency Resource Center is a service of the non-profit Energy Education Council, supported by hundreds of organizations including utilities, businesses, educators and other committed to promoting safe and efficient use of energy. Learn more at www.EnergyEdCouncil.org.
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The Energy Education Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency. Established in 1952, the Council is headquartered within the University of Illinois Extension, and serves as a forum for diverse utility and energy organizations to collaborate on the mutually vital issues of efficiency and safety. Learn more at www.EnergyEdCouncil.org.