Your Money Matters: Energy Saving Tips

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Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home naturally, and close curtains at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows

Keep furniture, drapes, stuffed animals and other objects away from your heating sources

Caulk and weather-strip drafty doors and windows

Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months

Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors and ceilings

Install insulated gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on exterior walls to prevent drafts

Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home

Check your attic
If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (or you can easily see your joists), you should add more insulation.

Cold floors and walls are a sign of air leakage and low insulation.
If the room requires a space heater or if you always have to bundle up before spending time in the room, you may need to seal leaks and add insulation.

Icicles are not pretty.
They can be dangerous, damage your home and indicate major heat loss in a home. Icicles are a big sign that your home needs air sealing and insulation.
Just as the sun melts the snow, so does the heat from your home, rising to the attic. When too much heat escapes from the attic, snow melts in odd areas and creates large icicles called ice dams.

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