Tips for Using a Programmable Thermostat

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You can save in energy costs with the proper use of a programmable thermostat. Here’s how: Keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time (at least eight hours), for example, during the day, when no one is at home, and through the night, after bedtime. All thermostats let you temporarily make… more

Preparing for the Winter Wrap-Up

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Now that the snow is melting and we’re all starting to “think Spring”, it’s also time to start thinking about end-of-season maintenance for your heating system. Here are a few things to consider as the weather warms up. 1) Address any needed repairs. You may want to put things off until the cold weather approaches again, but… more

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

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Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze. Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem Water has a unique property… more

Winter Safety & Preparedness Tips

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The cold weather is upon us once again. It’s a good idea at this time of year to remind ourselves of some key safety & preparedness tips in the event of storms and overall cold weather.   First, what do the different weather warnings mean? Here are the differences between an outlook, advisory, watch and warning: Winter… more

Heating Safety Tips

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As we head into winter, we should be reminded of important home heating safety tips. Provided by the National Fire Protection Association Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from… more