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Are you ready for winter?

Dec 23, 2013

Whether you are ready for the changing seasons or not, you probably have turned your home HVAC system from cooling to heating. That can mean higher bills when many members least expect them. Below are some resources to help you make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible during the cooler days ahead.

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A reminder for heat pump owners

A malfunctioning heat pump can cause excessive energy use during the cooler months, and you may not know it until you get your electric bill.

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Chilly season

As the heating season approaches, keep in mind that it typically costs two or three times more to heat than it does to cool a home. That is why it is important to be ready for winter.

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Don’t be surprised by winter bills

January bills tend to catch some members by surprise. It typically costs more to heat than it does to cool an all-electric home. Add on top of that holiday lighting, cooking and so forth and the bill can increase dramatically. The time to act is now.

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Quick Tips:

  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. You can use sweaters or a blanket to help feel comfortable.
  • Run your ceiling fans on low, clockwise to blow air upward.
  • Keep windows locked — even the smallest crack can let heated air escape and allow cold air in your home.
  • Use a clear sealant and caulk along baseboards to eliminate air leaks.
  • Close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire to keep heated air from escaping up your chimney.


Loans available for energy-saving projects

As cooler temperatures arrive, you may be considering projects that will lower your energy use and your PEC bill this winter. If you need help with financing, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union offers PEC members opportunities to finance energy-efficiency projects. Visit www.pec.coop/RBFCU or call 1-800-580-3300 and press “3” to learn more about Energy Saver Loans.

See what a few degrees can do


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