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Home heating energy tips

As the temperatures drop and the potential for heating prices rise, home-heating consumers could use all the help they can get this winter.

That’s why the American Gas Association offers the following tips for running a more energy-efficient household or business. They include:

– Seal leaks around doors, windows and other openings such as pipes or ducts with weather-stripping or caulk. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the most common culprit for heating loss comes from the floors, walls and ceilings. Trailing are ducts, fireplaces, doors, windows, fans and electrical outlets.



– Set thermostats between 65 and 70 degrees during the winter, and at 58 when away from the house for more than a few hours.

– Close vents and doors in unused rooms and dampers on unused fireplaces.



– Set water heater temperature at 120 degrees.

– Run washing machines and clothes dryers at full capacity.

– On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun’s warmth in. Close them at night to insulate against cold air outside.

– Check the heating system and replace old, outdated appliances with high-efficiency natural gas models.

– Install storm or thermal windows and doors or double-paned glass – a world of difference to maintaining heat in the home.

– Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the winter season. Furnaces consume less energy if they breathe more easily.

“This is pretty important because it can make a real difference on your heating bill,” Avista Gas Area Manager Art Slaback said.

Hold up the filter to the light. If you can’t see through the filter, it’s time to clean or change it, Slaback pointed out.


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