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Turn up the heat December 6, 2006

Filed under: Energy efficiency,Green home,Green tips — Anca Novacovici, Eco-Coach Inc. @ 9:42 pm

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from the change in weather, from 70 to 35 degrees within the span of a week. Though the impact of global warming was clearly felt here in DC, I am happy to report that the temperature is back to what it should be for this time of year. That also means it’s time to turn up the heat indoors…and open the wallet…

Since you’re probably doing enough spending with the holidays, here are some quick ways to save energy and money while staying warm:

· Weatherize your home: if you haven’t already done so, get a caulk gun and weatherstripping and make sure the cracks are well sealed; this does for your apartment too!

· Switch your light bulbs to CFC bulbs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs last up to ten times more than incandescent, which more than offsets the slightly higher price. You can join the One Billion Lightbulbs campaign and see your savings.

· Use a programmable thermostat: Lower the temperature at night and when you’re not home and you will save over 10%; putting on a sweater and keeping the temperature lower will also help decrease your bills

· Clean your filters: maintain your heating equipment and be sure that you change the filters periodically

For more info, check out the EPA’s Energy Star @ home interactive site.


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