- Set your thermostat up to 10 degrees lower during the winter, when you leave your home and before going to sleep. You could save up to 10 percent a year on heating.
- Check your HVAC filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm thus wasting energy.
- Replace conventional incandescent holiday lights with LEDs (lighting emitting diode). LEDs typically consume about 75% less and can last up to 10 times longer. They're also more durable, shock-resistant and generate less heat compared to traditional incandescent light strands.
- Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and openings for utility services, replacing as necessary. Also, check ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump, which are often big energy wasters. ComEd offers a rebate program for several weatherization products. Go to www.comed.com/rebates for more information.
- Take advantage of the home energy savings available through the ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program. Get a free home energy assessment; receive rebates on weatherization and qualifying appliances and smart thermostats, and save instantly with in-store discounts on LEDs and more.
Customers in need of financial assistance can visit the nearest CEDA (Cook County) or LIHEAP (Suburbs) agency to apply for assistance. For a list of social service agencies accepting applications, please call CEDA at (800) 571-2332 or LIHEAP at (877) 411-9276 or visit ComEd.com.
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