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8 Eco-Friendly Ways to Stay Warm This Winter


| 11/19/2014 11:19:00 AM



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Freezing cold nights are just around the corner again. Unfortunately, that means working your heating appliances double time at the expense of your household budget and the environment. Don't fret. It is possible to keep warm, cut down your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time if you keep these tips in mind.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Yes, programmable thermostats have gotten a lot of flak for being difficult to use. However, there are versions that don't deserve to be tainted with the same brush, such as the ones listed in this Mashable article. If you use and maintain these thermostats properly, they can save you hundreds of dollars worth of electricity bills in the future.   

Check Your Furnace

Has it been months since you last tuned up your furnace? You'd better do it again before winter comes. A defective furnace can drive up your bills and build up polluted air inside your home.

You have two options. You can either replace your furnace's filter, or follow this step-by-step guide on tuning up your furnace. If you're uncomfortable with home repair of any sort, it's better to seek the help of a professional rather than do it yourself and risk damaging your appliances further.



Seal Insulation Gaps

Even if your furnace is in good shape, you still have to check the house for places where the cold from the outside and the heat from the inside can seep through. Search the walls, windows and can lights for cracks. You can seal them with caulk, expanding foam or other suitable materials. For more information on sealing air leaks around the home, check out this Energy Star guide.



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