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Reducing the costs of Heating your home

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To reduce the cost of heating your home throughout the winter... Install and use an automatic setback thermostat to reduce heating and cooling costs by 5% to 15%. Place reflectors behind radiators to redirect heat ...

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To reduce the cost of heating your home throughout the winter...
Install and use an automatic setback thermostat to reduce heating and cooling costs by 5% to 15%.
Place reflectors behind radiators to redirect heat that goes into the wall back into the room, and save another 5%. (Aluminum foil over cardboard will do.)
Insulate heating and hot water pipes that are exposed in areas you don't want the pipes to heat.
Change furnace filters every month -- or more often if needed.
Get a furnace tune-up to adjust and clean burners.
Wrap the tank of a gas-burning water heater in a manufacturer-approved fiberglass insulating blanket.
Replace worn-out thresholds under doors and weather stripping around windows.
Lower the indoor temperature to save about 2% of heating costs per degree.
Close the fireplace damper when not in use.If you never use the fireplace, seal it with a plastic bag stuffed with insulation.
Close off rooms that are not in use, and lower the temperature in them.