keep return air grilles and heating vents clear of furniture, rugs and drapes, so there is no interference with the flow of heat through your home
if you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for leaks by looking for spider webs. If there is a web, there is a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from an uninsulated basement.
Air Conditioning Cooling Tip...
Ceiling fans can save you money by keeping you comfortable at higher thermostat settings. Each degree higher than 78 degrees will save you 5 to 10 percent on air conditioning costs. The moving air from a ceiling fan increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off. The ceiling fan will spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
FURNACE ENERGY TIPS
* Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted with annual maintenance. If your furnace is working at peak efficiency it will use less energy to operate.
* Clean or replace the filter every 1-2 months-a dirty fileter reduces the airflow and forces the furnace to work longer to heat your home.
* Consider purchasing a new ENERGY STAR certified furnace with a variable speed motor. An average home can save up to $530 in natural gas and electrical costs annually. NICOR is offering rebates depending on qualifications. Now is a great time to upgrade efficiencies