Happy Saturday and thanks for joining us for Day 2 of Oil and Our Lifestyles: A Month of Action!

Did you know that heating and cooling systems put 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year? This is a major contributor to global climate change and a reminder that individual actions can have global effects.

Proposed Action for April 2nd Follow some of these simple steps from the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce emissions and lower your utility bill:

  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.

Thanks again for checking in and we’ll see you tomorrow!