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Conserve Energy in the Summer and Winter

  • Craig VanHulzen Money Channel Editor
  • 2000 8 Aug
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Conserve Energy in the Summer and Winter
Heating and electric bills can skyrocket in the winter when households are combatting the outside chill. In the summer keeping cool can be costly as well. Here are a few tips for
saving on some energy costs:

In the summer:
  • Close window shades or blinds to shut out direct sunlight

  • Set up fans to increase ventilation

  • For extreme cases, hang wet sheets in the path of your fans

  • If possible, hang out downstairs rather than running the air conditioning

  • If available, sign up for an energy discount by volunteering for occasional energy shutdowns if the utility company needs the power.
In the winter:
  • Keep the heat to 65 and wear sweaters or heavier clothes

  • Close off any rooms that are not frequently used

  • Put up storm windows or plastic sheeting to reduce heat escape from windows

  • Put rolled up towels at the bottom of doors to reduce heat escaping

  • Hang out in the kitchen whenever possible (usually the warmest room in the house)