Fall temperatures are starting to settle into the Prince William County area.
The cooler temperatures can lead to higher energy bills.
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) in Manassas has a few tips that could help customers save money, according to a release.
“Halloween is a good time to prepare your home for winter,” NOVEC Energy Services Representative Bob James said in a release. “You’ll want to stop energy vampires from drawing electricity surreptitiously. And you’ll want to hinder howling winds from blowing like poltergeists through attics, wall openings, and fireplaces. These ‘ghosts’ increase power bills and decrease comfort.”
Consumers can save energy by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees during cold days and to 55 degrees at night.
Systems should be checked by a service technician each year, and air filters should be cleaned and replaced on a regular basis.
Community members can use caulk to seal any openings around window frames, pipes, vents and chimneys
NOVEC also suggests that they close curtains at night to keep heat inside, and open them in the daytime to bring in heat from the sun.
More suggestions about how to save energy are available on NOVEC’s website.
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