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What not to do when it’s cold outside


1. Don’t light up your wood-burning 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 chimney. Burning a fire in the hearth when the temperature dips can increase your heating bills. 2. Don’t overstuff your refrigerator. Stacking left- overs on top of each other and squeezing extra containers of food onto every refrigerator shelf will prevent the air from circulating between, over top and around them. That forces the appliance’s com- pressor 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 over- heats, 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 expose 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, over- heat 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 matter 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. 9. Don’t close off unused rooms. If you do, you re- strict the flow of air to your heating system. 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 completely off, even if you’re going on an extended winter vacation. Set the thermostat to 55 degrees so the plumbing pipes in an unheated house won’t freeze and burst.


Tanks for 30 years of Service


Two 12,000 gallon tanks were retired after


providing fuel for Cimarron vehicles for the past 30 years.


Effective February 1st, 2014


Member prices for A.O. Smith water heaters will increase to the following amounts: New Construction or replacing gas = $175 Replacing existing electric water heater = $225 These prices are for 30,40 or 50 gallon tanks in stock. Smaller and larger tanks available. Marathon Tanks are also available. Call for Pricing.


Cimarron’s


office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17th for President’s Day!


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