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Energy Tips

Want to save energy during the winter months?

We have tips that will point you in the right direction.

It really is possible to save on annual home heating costs without great effort or spending a lot of money. Some small changes can lead to some big savings and we can even help you do it your way! By choosing to implement some of these simple and easy-to-do tips and tasks, you really will save on energy costs during the colder months of the year:

Install a programmable thermostat and be sure to set temperatures lower at night when asleep and during the day when you are not at home. By automatically lowering the temperature inside your house by 5 to 10 degrees during these periods, you can cut your heating bills by up to 20% a year.* Even lowering it just one degree can help! Ask your Four Points® representative about installing your thermostat today!

Turn off kitchen, bath or other fans within 20 minutes of cooking or bathing to retain heated air

Schedule regular maintenance check ups and clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed

Insulate walls and heating ducts in attics and crawlspaces and keep them in good repair to prevent heat loss of up to 60% at registers

Open draperies and blinds of the windows in direct sunlight to naturally heat your home during the day and keep them closed at night to keep heat in

Install weather stripping or caulking around the windows, doors, and thresholds to seal air leaks

Consider adding insulated window treatments

Install ceiling fans to help circulate warm air

Repair leaky faucets promptly

Install aerating, low faucets and showerheads

Take more showers than baths

Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes

Turn lights off when leaving the room

Use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) rather than incandescent light bulbs in common areas

Set refrigerator temperature to 37-40 degrees

Install low cost fire place modifications (such as a flue-top damper, fireplace grate or glass doors

Upgrade your equipment to systems that are ENERGYSTAR® rated.
*Source: MSNBC

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