National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

High Temps and Low Fuel Prices Equal Cheaper Winter Heating Bill

You’d never know it was December if it wasn’t for the holiday decorations. Temperatures in the Carolina’s are hovering above 70 degrees.

This  trend may continue across the Carolina’s with temperatures expected to track above-normal for December, January and February, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in part due to this year’s El Nino, which is expected to be one of the strongest on record.

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Money Saving Tips

Here are a few helpful tips on things that you can do to save you money, time, inconvenience, along with energy and our precious environment.

  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure..
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
  • Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.

Tips that Save

Here are a few helpful tips on things that you can do to save you money, time, inconvenience, along with energy and our precious environment.

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  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure..
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

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