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Tips for Heating

(Never touch the thermostat without asking a grown up!)

  1. If you are cold, put on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat. Did you know that every extra degree adds about 4 or 5% to the heating bill? Whenever possible, turn down your thermostat to a lower level that is still comfortable.
  2. See the rectangular vents on the floor or wall that have small holes or slats on them? Those are called heating registers. Do not block or cover them with clothes, books, furniture or other objects. If you block them—it makes your furnace work harder to keep your home at the temperature you want … the harder your furnace has to work, the more your family will have to spend to keep your home warm.
  3. Never leave the door open when you leave your house. Running in and out of the house lets heat escape, which is like throwing money out the window.
  4. Don’t forget to open your curtains on a sunny day so that the bright sunlight can help heat your home at no extra cost. And, be sure to close them at night to keep drafts out.
  5. Remind your mom and dad to change the furnace filter once a month. A new furnace filter helps clean the dust in the air and will help the furnace work as it was designed, saving money on the heating bill.
  6. Make sure you keep doors shut and heating registers closed when you are not using a room so that the heat will not leak out.
  7. Add another blanket to your bed and turn the heat down at night to save energy.
  8. Ask your mom and dad if they have a programmable thermostat. It’s a smart purchase because it can automatically keep the house at just the right temperature when you’re there.
  9. If you have a radiator in your house, ask your mom and dad to place a piece of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
  10. Make sure your home has plenty of insulation, the pink fluffy stuff in your attic that keeps your house warm, much like a blanket. A well insulated home will prevent warm air from escaping in the winter and cool air in the summer.
  11. Remind your mom and dad to have your fireplace cleaned and serviced before the winter season and make sure the damper (the opening that leads to the chimney) is closed when not being used.
  12. Help your parents install plastic sheets around doors and windows and apply caulk and weather stripping to keep the cold winter wind out.

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