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It’s


Pretty Easy


to Lower Your


Heating Bill


You don’t have to shiver through the winter or wear your winter coat to bed just to save a few bucks on heating this winter. Here  energy bill and stay comfortable, too:


Using Gas? Get CO Alarms


 monoxide alarms in or near every bedroom.


The CO alarm will react when it senses that carbon monoxide levels in your house are too high, usually because an appliance is malfunctioning. CO alarms do not detect gas leaks.


Here are eight tips for ensuring your CO alarm works when you need it:  2. Replace your batteries at least once a year or when the device starts making a “chirping” sound. That’s usually a symptom of a low battery. 3. Test the alarm regularly by pressing the “test” button and holding it down for


20 seconds.


4. Locate CO alarms at least 10 feet away from sources of humidity like showers and bathrooms, where steam can cause them to overreact.


5. Place a CO alarm on every level of the house and at the top of the basement 


6. Do not put a CO alarm in the garage, kitchen or the room with your gas fur- nace.


 or a gas furnace or stove. It also could mean your gas appliances are not burning the fuel completely. If you see a yellow or orange pilot light, that could be the case. Call a plumber to check it out.


8. Leave the alarm plugged in all year, not just during heating season. Your gas stove, clothes dryer and water heater also are potential sources of CO leaks. And a running car in the garage can cause a CO problem in the home.


-- Turn the thermostat down by just one degree. The Energy Department estimates that you can save 3 percent on your heating bill for every degree you set your thermostat back during the winter —as long as you leave it there. -- Turn off exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom as soon as the steam or smell is gone. It takes only one hour for those fans to blow all of the warm air out of your house.   open damper is a hole in your house that sucks heated air out and invites cold winter air in.


-- Move furniture and rugs away from heating vents so air can circulate freely. That will make your heating system’s work a lot easier. -- Open the curtains on south- facing windows on summer days to the sun’s warmth can radiate into the house. Close them at night to help trap that heat indoors.


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