Is Your Home Ready for the New Year? - Carolina Country
January 2019

Each year millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten before the end of the year. As you plan to work towards your goals and tackle those resolutions, don’t overlook the opportunity to save energy and money. That’s right, make a resolution to reduce your utility bill! As your trusted energy partner, Union Power is committed to helping you stick to your resolution. 

Try some of these tips to save this winter:

1 Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun
Open curtains/blinds on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

2 Cover Drafty Windows
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.

3 Adjust the Temperature
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. Put extra layers of clothes on if you’re cold. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 2 to 3 degrees for eight hours and save your heating and cooling use. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. Remember when raising the thermostat, only increase it by 1-2 degrees at a time so the emergency heat strips won’t come on.

4 Maintain Your Heating Systems
Schedule service for your heating system before harsh weather. Replace your furnace or heat pump filter once a month or as needed for efficient performance. 

Remember, these are easy steps you can take now to improve the energy efficiency of your home. To learn about additional ways to save, our members can request an in-home energy audit

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