and cooling costs make up more than 40% of home energy expenses, so small
changes can make a big difference.
Lake Mills Light & Water recommends that customers take a few proactive steps to keep homes warm and
the air filter on the home furnace. If needed, schedule a maintenance
appointment with a local heating contractor.
heating vents throughout the home, making sure that furniture or other
items arenít placed in front of or blocking vents.
for air leaks, which can significantly impact heating costs. Run a hand
along doors, windows and vents to locate air leaks. Use rope caulk along
any joints where air is coming through, and place draft guards by doors
that lead outside.
any window air conditioning units and store them for the winter, if
the homeís insulation needs, and if needed, add insulation in the attic.
curtains or drapes to let in the sunís heat during the day. Close them at
night to trap heat inside.
and use a programmable thermostat, which can be set to automatically lower
the temperature during the day when no one is home, and overnight, when warm
blankets serve as a less expensive alternative to turning up the heat.
Turning the temperature down by 10 degrees at night uses about 10% less
online Home Energy Suite to
create a customized energy usage report and to find more ways to save.