Did you know, according to an article posted by the Ohio Credit Union League, heating costs may be more dramatic in Ohio than the national average? According to the US Energy Information Administration, heating accounts for 15 percent of each US household's energy expenditures. And in Ohio's residential sector, nearly 7 out of 10 households use natural gas to heat their homes and accounts for almost 30 percent of the state's total consumption!
With its population, industrial economy, and seasonal temperature ranges, Ohio is one of the top 10 states in total energy consumption. With Winter coming (sorry....) now is the time to start saving on energy costs through these helpful tips:
Conduct an energy audit. Conduct a professional or DIY energy audit on your home to identify savings opportunities.
Use the sun. Open the curtains during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home. Then close them at night to prevent losing heat through the windows.
Check window coverings. Cover drafy windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is tightly sealed to reduce infiltration.
Be smart with the thermostat. Adjust the thermostat as low as is comfortable when at home and awake. When away or asleep, turn the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees and save around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Spot and seal leaks. Seal any air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes, gaps around chimneys, recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind closets.
Tune-Up. Schedule a routine tune-up on your heating system to ensure peak performance.
Clean air ducts. Clean your air ducts to ensure fresh, allergen-free air flows through your home.
Go LED. Use LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
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