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TVA: stay warm, save more money

Cold winter weather has moved into the Tennessee Valley area, and the TVA is sharing a few tips to help Franklin County save money and stay cozy:

  • Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north during the day to trap the warming sunlight.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR-certified programmable thermostat.
  • Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or even lower when no one is home for several days.
  • Insulate heating and cooling ducts and repair any air leaks. Add insulation to attics, crawlspaces and any accessible exterior walls.
  • Change air filters monthly. Dirty filters force heating systems to work harder.
  • Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors and install insulating gaskets to exterior light switches and electrical outlets to stop air leaks.
  • Take advantage of the heat generated by cooking.
  • Don’t send warm air up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use.
  • Use area rugs with hardwood or tile floors to keep feet warm.
  • Keep weeds and debris away from the outdoor unit for the heating system.

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