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Friday, January 31, 2014

As we're now deep into another frigid Chicago area winter, you've already gotten at least one painful heating bill. By making a few small improvements to your home, you can have lower heating bills for the rest of the winter and years to come. Some of these tips will provide energy-saving benefits in the summer as well. Here are nine money-saving steps you can take:

  1. Schedule annual service. Like your car, your heating system needs regular tuneups to stay at peak efficiency. Remember, efficiency means savings.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. To save energy without reducing your comfort, set your heat to turn down when you're away or sleeping and to turn back up when you return.
  3. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal air leaks. The cracks under your door or around your windows provide an easy way for cold air to enter and warm air to escape. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal these gaps, depending on their location.
  4. Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans don't just make you feel cooler. Reverse them to clockwise fan direction in the winter to redistribute warm air that collects near the ceiling.
  5. Move your furniture. If you have supply and return registers on or near the floor, check to make sure they aren't being blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes or toys. You don't want airflow to be blocked.
  6. Wrap your water heater. Keeping hot water ready for your use throughout the day takes a lot of energy. By installing an insulating jacket on your water heater, you can keep the cold basement from lowering the temperature of the water tank. Newer water heaters usually come pre-insulated.
  7. Lower your thermostat. In a typical home, every degree you raise the thermostat adds 1 percent to your heating bill. For the biggest savings, keep your heat at 70 degrees or lower during the winter.
  8. Check your insulation. Add insulation to your walls and attic to keep the cold out and slow the heat escaping from your home. This will give your furnace an easier time heating your home.
  9. Use the sun. Even in the winter, the sun gives off a lot of heat. Open curtains on windows receiving direct sunlight for a free way to heat your home. Close the curtains or drapes before night falls.

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