WVEL Consumer Scope: Energy Saving Tips

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“Once Again, Welcome To The Winter Season, Family!”

Energy company Ameren Cilco, have a few tips to help homeowners save some cash on their heating costs during the winter months.

 

Winter Energy Saving Tips:

-Install a programmable thermostat to save on both cooling and heating costs.

-Periodically replace air filters for your air conditioners and heating systems, clean air vents regularly and make sure drapes or furniture does not block any of the vents or returns.

-Use your window shades. Close them on sunny summer days and open the shades in the winter to allow the sunlight to help heat your rooms.

-Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Consider using a smart power strip, which reduces your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode.

-Run bathroom vent fans after a shower. They’re great at getting rid of humid air.

-Change to new and improved energy-efficient LEDs for your lighting.

-Purchase new appliances and other consumer products that have the ENERGY STAR® label.

-Use adequate insulation in your attic, ceilings, walls, floors, and crawlspaces. Seal air leaks with caulk and use weather stripping around exterior doors and windows.