WINTER HEATING TIPS

Winter Heating Tips
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. It can be a very expensive time too. Between holiday expenses and heating bills, a budget can get thrown out of whack quickly. Post-holiday credit card bills and cold weather usually arrive about the same time. Here are some home heating tips that will save you money and help with energy efficiency.
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Schedule maintenance for your equipment. This is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure your home stays warm for your family.
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Use programmable thermostats. If you do not have programmable thermostats consider investing in them. When used correctly, they pay for themselves in a very short period of time.
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Change your filters. Clean filters help the air flow freely and allow your heating unit to operate more efficiently.
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If your home has a fireplace, close the damper when you are not using the fireplace.
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Keep your garage door closed.
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Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
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Keep blinds and drapes open during the day and closed after sundown.
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Rearrange furniture so it is not against an outside wall.
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Don’t block vents. Air needs to move freely.
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Lower your thermostat at bedtime. It’s a proven fact, we sleep better when we decrease the temperature.
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If you will be gone for 8 -12 hours lower your thermostat 10 – 15 degrees.
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When traveling overnight or longer, lower your thermostat to 55 degrees.
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Heat pumps work efficiently at 68 degrees and lower.
As you can see, by taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your heating expense while also be an efficient energy consumer.

KEEPING OTHERS WARM

Keeping Others Warm
It’s that wonderful time of year – gifts, parties, food and celebration. There isn’t anything more endearing than the look of excitement on a child’s face when they realize Santa came for a visit. It is easy to get caught up in the celebration but let’s pause and look from another perspective. Un-holidayish it is, but it is important for us to realize that we may have neighbors who dread this time of year. They dread it because they do not know how they are going to pay their heating bills. This is often the situation for elderly people living on fixed incomes.
Many people in our communities go to bed cold and cannot afford and enjoy the warmth of heat like we do. What is even more saddening is they don’t know where they can go for help. If you know of anyone that could use assistance visit to learn more. Share helpful information and phone numbers with folks that can benefit from assistance.

Need Help Paying Your Bills
LIHEAP Clearing House
NC Health & Human Services, Low Income Energy Assistance

If you would like to help make a difference in someone’s life, you can donate to Duke Energy’s Share the Warmth Program.
Share the Warmth