Follow these tips to keep your home functioning safely and efficiently:

 

1. LOWER THE TEMP, LOWER YOUR BILL

Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or below to save energy and money. Installing a programmable thermostat can also help regulate your usage. Now is the perfect time to complete a household check to prepare for colder weather.

 

2. CHECK YOUR FURNACE

Have your furnace checked by a professional to ensure the pilot light and burners are working properly. Change the filter regularly.

 

3. CHECK YOUR DETECTORS

Make sure the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly and have adequate battery life.

 

4. MAKE ROOM FOR SPACE HEATERS

Keep space heaters away from anything flammable. Do not use unapproved heaters indoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

5. YOUR FIREPLACE SHOULD BE A SAFE PLACE

Thoroughly inspect the fireplace before starting a traditional fire or igniting gas logs.

 

6. CHECK YOUR RANGE & DRYER

With holiday guests in town, your stove and dryer might be doing more work than usual. Removing excess buildup from both of these appliances is a good habit.

 

7. KEEP HEAT IN ITS PLACE FOR GOOD

Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping to keep warm air in and cold air out. Pay close attention to openings around windows and doors. Also, make sure your attic is properly insulated.

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