30 Steps to Energy Efficiency - Step 5: Close Your Windows!

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The following tip is brought to you by CleanEdison.

Now that you are in the habit of turning the thermostat down (or up) when you’re not around, you have to realize theWindows open in a drafty house importance of windows when it comes to efficiency. It’s so easy to open a window a little when you’re not feel at the right temperature. The problem with this is that is drastically reduces the effectiveness of your heating or AC.

Many people don’t know that most HVAC systems don’t produce more or less heating or cooling based on the room temperature – they simply blow air for longer. If you have outdoor air fighting against that, you are going to spend a lot of money without getting very far.

So today, in your school, office or home, make sure that when the heat or cooling is on, the windows are closed. Of course, you can simply decide that the outdoors are a perfect temperature and you want to have the windows wide open, just make sure the AC or heating is off.

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