Conserve 101 Energy Saving Tips:

Winter Tips:
Each degree makes a difference. Keep your heating system's thermostat at the recommended setting of 68°F. For each degree you raise the thermostat above the recommended setting, you are adding 3% to 4% to your monthly electric bill.

If your home is drafty, find the sources. Caulk around all windows and weather strip around each door.

Use the winter sun to your advantage. On sunny winter days, keep your blinds or drapes open to allow the sun to help warm your home. To reduce drafts, when the sun goes down, draw your drapes or blinds closed.

If you have a fireplace but do not use it, keep the damper closed. Your fireplace damper if left open is like keeping a window open - allowing heated air to escape your home. This will also keep cold air out from entering your home.

Consider buying a programmable thermostat. While you are snug in your bed, a programmable thermostat will allow for you to lower your thermostat and reduce the run time of your heating system.

Heating Systems
Want more money for the holidays? Look to your heating system. No where is Old Man Winter's effects felt more than on your monthly heating bills. Heating costs represent about 50% to 60% of your monthly electric bill.

A well-maintained heating system will run more efficiently, use less energy, and lower energy bills, so clean or replace AC filters monthly or as needed.

Have your heating system professional checked and serviced.

Don't block the heating registers. Blocked air vents and registers reduce airflow and make your unit have to run longer, adding to your monthly bill. If your supply registers are in the floor of your home, make sure they are not blocked by furniture or drapes.

Hey, it's not summer anymore, so why dress like it. Pack the shorts up and dress warmly. This will allow you to keep your thermostat at a lower setting and will keep you more comfortable.

Make sure your duct work is properly sealed. Cracks in your duct work can increase your bills significantly. Keep warm air where you want it - in your home.

Keep dust from accumulating on your supply and return registers. Change your filters regularly

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