Worried about high heating bills this winter? Here are some pointers on how to save energy in your home:
Service the heating system and have the filters changed.
An automatic thermostat can be pre-programmed to turn down the heat when you're out of the house or at night - and to turn it back up when you need it. This type of thermostat can cut heating costs significantly.
Make sure there are no leaks in the heating ducts . Repair torn ducts and replace flattened ducts for proper airflow.
If you have a fireplace, remember to close the damper after the fire has died down. Leaving the damper open creates a large draft that sucks heat out of the house. Reverse the switch on ceiling fans, especially if in rooms with high ceilings. The switch is usually a small button on the fan motor. Hot air rises so reversing the direction of the fan will force heat back down into the room. Ask your oil company if there use additives to increase the burning efficiency of their heating oil.
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