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Cold Weather Brings Energy Awareness

As mid-winter regains its icy grip on most of the country this week, it’s a good time to review those tried-and-true energy saving tips.

The little things really do add up to lower home heating bills. Your utility will thank you, as well. Extremely cold temperatures can put a mighty strain on the grid as it struggles to meet demand.

thermoSome good reminders:

– You’re mother had it right: instead of turning up the heat, put on a sweater.
– If you’re always forgetting to turn down the thermostat when you leave the house or go to bed, just buy a programmable thermostat. Set it and forget it.
– Contrary to belief, it takes less energy to raise and lower the temperature than it does to keep it at a constant setting. We’re not talking about old tube televisions.
– That cool breeze under your door? Fix it with a little weather stripping. A ¼-inch gap under a three-foot-wide exterior door is like a three-inch hole in your wall.
– Your furnace requires regular, routine maintenance to keep it safe and functioning efficiently. Replace your filters on your gas furnace. Call a professional for your oil boiler.

When the mercury really drops, people often look for supplemental heat sources. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 20 percent of residential fires are related to supplemental room heaters (including electric, kerosene, wood and coal stoves). Be careful. And never use an oven as a heat source.

Extreme cold is a serious matter, so take precautions, remain diligent and think spring.

At US Power and Gas, our home-based energy consultants pay close attention to market trends, and translate that knowledge to action on behalf of our customers. If you’d like to help homes and businesses lower their electricity and natural gas costs, while building your own career based on residual income, learn more today.

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