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What Not to do When it’s Cold Outside


1. Don’t light up your wood-burn-


ing fireplace. A crackling fire doesn’t contribute much heat to your room. Plus, the open flue sucks the heated air out of your house through the chim- ney. Burning a fire in the hearth when the temperature dips into the 20s can actually increase your heating bills. 2. Don’t overstuff your refrigera-


tor. Stacking holiday leftovers on top of each other and squeezing extra containers of food onto every refrig- erator shelf will prevent the air from circulating between, over top and around them. That forces the appli- ance’s compressor to work harder and use more electricity. 3. Don’t crank the thermostat way up to heat a cold house in a hurry. Turning the heat up to 90 degrees won’t warm up a 70-degree house any quicker than turning it up to 73 degrees, and if you forget to turn the thermostat back down before your house overheats, that’s a waste of energy. 4. Don’t run bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans any longer than you have to. Flip them on to clear smoke while cooking and steam while showering. Once the air clears, turn them off. They pull heated air from your home, which can cause your heater to run longer than necessary. 5. Don’t use a barbecue grill or a propane patio heater indoors, even if your central heating system is on the fritz. This is a fire hazard and can ex- pose your family to carbon monoxide poisoning. 6. Don’t leave a space heater running when you leave the house. Even if the room will be cold when you return, shut off portable heaters


if you’re not going to be there to see them topple over, overheat or catch something on fire. 7. Don’t turn off your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans save energy during the summer and winter. The trick: Reverse the direction that the blades spin. Heat rises, so in the winter, the blades should blow warm air down into the room. 8. Don’t close the blinds. No mat- ter how cold it is outside, letting the sun shine into your room will warm it up and give your heating system a break. Close blinds and curtains after dark.


When you’re ready to bring the holiday season to a close, consider recycling your live Christmas tree instead of tossing it in the trash. Trees are biodegradable, so there are lots of ways to reuse them once you strip off the ornaments, and elec- tric lights.


Here are some ways to give your holiday pine or spruce a second life: Drop or chop. Haul your tree to a recycling center, which will run it through a chipper to turn it into mulch. Or chop the tree up yourself and use it to mulch your own gardens next spring.


Feed the fish. Ask for permission to sink your tree into a nearby pond, where it will serve as refuge and a feeding area for fish.


Call the birds. Drag your used tree out to your yard and redecorate it with fresh orange slices, strings of popcorn or balls of birdseed. Then enjoy bird- watching as all kinds of species fly


9. Don’t close off unused rooms. When you do, you restrict the flow of air that helps your heating system warm your home evenly. Cutting off that air flow makes your heater run longer and work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the rest of the house. 10. Don’t turn your furnace com-


pletely off, even if you’re going on an extended winter vacation. Set the thermostat to 55 degrees so the plumb- ing pipes in an unheated house won’t freeze and burst.


Recycle Your Live Christmas Tree


into the dying tree to seek shelter and feast on the food. Two tips: Be extra- careful about removing hooks and tinsel so they won’t injure the birds. And don’t leave the tree there forever; once its branches get brittle, it’s time to chip it into mulch. Buy live. Next year, consider buy- ing a rooted tree so you can plant it in your yard after the holidays.


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