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National Advantage Real Estate Service

328 E. Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30)

New Lenox, IL 60451

(815) 485-0304 

Eleanor Nastepniak

Eleanor@nastepniak.com

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Top 10 Tips to Cut Winter Energy Costs

Easy and inexpensive solutions for business or home

Maintain air filters and HVAC equipment

Well-maintained equipment runs more efficiently, so change your air filter

monthly or as needed and tune up your HVAC equipment yearly.

Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable

Roll temperatures back by 10 to 15F before bed and before leaving for work.

Reduce air leaks (can save up to 10% on energy bills)

Seal doors and windows with weather stripping or caulk. Tape clear plastic film to

the inside of window frames to further reduce leaks, and consider installing

insulated curtains or blinds. Check your air ducts for leaks and seal them with mastic.

Take advantage of the suns heat and light

Keep your south-facing windows clean. Open curtains on south-facing windows

during the day and close all curtains at night.

Add insulation to your attic

With the right safety practices, this can be a do-it-yourself project.

Turn down the temperature on water heaters and provide good insulation

Most water heaters are set to 140F, but at 115 to 120F youll still have plenty of

hot water. Insulate hot water pipes and, if your water heater is over 7 years old,

consider a "wrap" to insulate the tank. Also consider heat traps on water heater

tanks, timers that use off-peak power for electric water heaters, hot water

recirculation loops, and drain-water heat recovery systems.

Fireplace efficiency

Plug and seal the chimney flue of fireplaces that are never used.

When using fireplaces, keep the damper closed unless a fire is going and make sure the damper is as snug as possible. Caulk around the fireplace hearth. Consider installing tempered glass doors and a heat-exchanger system to blow warm air back into the room. When a fire is lit, open dampers or open nearest window about an inch, close doors leading into the room, and lower your thermostat to between 50 and 55F.

Wood and pellet burning heaters

Clean the flue vent regularly and the inside of the appliance periodically with a wire brush.

Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use

Use multiple-outlet strips so you can turn everything off with one flip of a switch.

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)

Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs, and CFLs can save up to 75 percent of that energy. They also last longer, saving money on replacements.

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Hello, I'm Eleanor Nastepniak of National Advantage Realty in New Lenox, Illinois. I'm committed to providing the highest level of service possible to my clients. I always try to stay educated on happenings in the market so I can provide the best professional advice and counsel. I love working with both buyers and sellers and I am dedicated to helping my clients navigate the markets smoothly and successfully.

 
 

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