Heating Season is Here
Did you know that the average family spends about 2,200 dollars per year on energy bills? Nearly half of that money goes towards heating and cooling a home or apartment.
Viewer Tip: As the weather cools down, try these tips from Energy Star to stay warm while saving energy and money.
- Get a check-up: Poor maintenance and dirt are leading causes of heating system failure. If you have heating equipment that is more 10 years old, schedule a check-up with a licensed contractor who can make sure everything is working properly.
- Change filters: Check on your heating system’s filter each month – if it’s dirty, change it. Filters should be changed at least every three months.
- Pay attention to Problems: Too hot or cold? Too humid? Really dusty? These problems mean that you may need to seal air leaks around your home. You can use caulk, spray foam or weather stripping to keep cold air out and save on your energy bill. Learn more about sealing leaks at www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing.
Find more energy-saving tips and home improvement advice at www.energystar.gov.
(Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Energy STar Program. “Heat Smartly with Energy Star.” http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.es_at_home)