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Energy-saving tips for cold weather

Posted January 25, 2010 12:16 p.m. EST

Progress Energy shared these tips to save energy during cold weather.

  • Keep the thermostat on your heating system at the lowest comfortable setting. Progress Energy recommends a setting of 68 to 70 degrees during the day and 60 to 65 degrees at night.
  • Check filters at least monthly, and clean or change them as needed. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent and can damage equipment.
  • Use insulated or heavy curtains on windows facing the north side of the house. Keep curtains and shades closed at night and on cloudy days.
  • Caulk any space around windows and other places where air leaks to prevent cold drafts and heat escape.
  • If your home has a fireplace, be sure the damper fits tightly, and close it when the fireplace is not in use. Add a glass fireplace screen.
  • Use microwave ovens whenever possible. They use less than half the power of a conventional oven.
  • Whenever possible, wash full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washing machine, rather than partial loads.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths, and install a flow restrictor or energy-saving shower head.
  • Look for EnergyGuide labels on most major home appliances. The more efficient models save you money in the long run.