Georgia Power offers 10 ways to save money and energy this winter

      Georgia Power offers 10 ways to save money and energy this winter

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Dec. 27, 2012

ATLANTA, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Georgia Power offers the following tips
to help customers save money and energy as winter approaches.


  oKeep your thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting. Georgia Power
    recommends 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Every degree above 68 can add three
    percent to the heating bill.
  oKeep heating vents and registers clear. Make sure they are not blocked by
    draperies or furniture. Vents should also be cleaned regularly with a
    vacuum or broom.
  oCaulk, re-caulk or add weatherstripping around windows and doors. This
    helps keep the cold out and the heat in. If caulking or weather stripping
    is cracked, remove it and reseal with new materials.
  oLet the sun shine in. On sunny days, open drapes or blinds to allow
    natural solar heat to warm the house.
  oChange air filters. Dirty filters can increase heating system operating
    costs. Change filters every month or so to help the unit run properly.
  oWrap water pipes. This will reduce heat loss from hot water lines and help
    to prevent pipes from freezing.
  oDress warmly, even indoors. This will allow a lower thermostat setting
    without sacrificing comfort.
  oMake sure fireplace dampers fit tightly, and keep them closed when not
    using the fireplace. Add a glass fireplace screen, if possible.
  oHave your heating system professionally checked to make sure it's running
    properly. This can prolong the life of the system, as well as reduce
    operating costs.
  oRemove window air conditioning units during winter months.

Visit georgiapower.comand check out our How-To videos for more easy tips on
preparing the home for winter. The videos offer step by step instructions for
making your home comfortable, while saving money and energy.

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the
nation's largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned,
tax-paying utility with rates below the national average.

SOURCE Georgia Power

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