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Your Energy Conservation Guide for Winter

December 7th, 2016

Keep your energy bill – and your emissions – low this winter with these energy saving tips!SAVE on digital room thermostat wearing woolly hat

Heating bill through the roof? Try this instead!

  • Open your curtains during the day to let in natural heat from the sun, then close them at night to keep heat locked in.
  • Try bundling up in a cozy sweater or soft blanket before reaching for the thermostat.
  • If you have to use heating, remember to turn it off when you leave your house, and while you sleep at night.
  • If possible, only heat the room you are using.

Decorating? Put a new spin on things!

  • Use LED holiday lights! They require about 75% less energy, and last 2 times longer than traditional lights.
  • Get a real Christmas tree! This will support local farmers, reduce your carbon footprint, and keep harmful plastics out of the environment.
  • Do It Yourself! Deck the halls with some DIY snowflakes and other decorations made out of recycled paper.

Heading out of town? Prep your home before you leave!

  • Unplug all non-necessary electronic devices such as toasters, lamps, chargers, and power strips.
  • You can keep pipes and appliances from freezing by setting the thermostat at just 50 degrees.
  • Close all blinds and curtains to keep heat in while you’re away.

Festivities!

Best of luck on any remaining finals, and have a wonderful, energy-saving Winter break!

Brought to you by Taylor Bennett, SSI CN25 Coordinator.

 

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