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Sweater or Thermostat- Find The Right Balance This Winter

14 December 2011

HouseMinnesota winters are hard on everything: our houses, our cars – and, of course, our bodies!  So the key in winter is to be comfortable and at the same time do your best to save energy. You don’t have to wear 4 layers inside, but you also have to accept that the season of short sleeves is gone.  Try and find the right balance between your thermostat temperature and energy savings. So, go put on your favorite sweater and slippers, and get ready to save some energy this winter.

  • If you have a programmable thermostat this is a great time to actually program it. Set it to a comfortable temperature in the morning, down in the day while you are away (if you are), back to a comfortable temperature for the evening, and turn it back down at night. This is a wonderful way to save energy and still be nice and warm while you are at home.
  • Outlet gasket seals are an easy and inexpensive way to help prevent air leaking into and out of your home.
  • Insulate your drafty windows with shrink wrap.  Window insulation kits are inexpensive and easy to install, and will make a great difference in your comfort this winter.
  • Close your damper on your fireplace to stop a super highway for heat. If you want to close it tighter than your damper is able to – get a chimney balloon.

Using these tips will help you stay nice and cozy- all while saving some money and energy.

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