Homeowner Tips To Stave Off The Worst of Winter

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PORTLAND, Me – Winter can be a challenging time of year as a homeowner in New England in terms of both costs and headaches and this year is proving particularly testing with big snowfalls and bone-chilling temperatures. But there are things that can be done to help save money and head off problems:

* Drafts account for 5-30% of wasted energy use. Taking simple steps to add draft excluders at the bottom of doors and closing window blinds and shades can have a significant impact on reducing heat loss.

* Replacing furnace filters each month – or whatever the unit manufacturer recommends – during heating season helps to maximize efficiency. Also consider replacing old thermostats for programmable ones which provide better temperature control and so fuel usage.

* Switching ceiling fans to operate in a clockwise motion and so drive rising warm air back down into the room. It’s estimated over the course of the winter months this minor adjustment can account for a 10% cut in heating costs.

You can find more winter-time energy saving tips and advice by visiting the US Energy Department website at the following link: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

 

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