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Burn Wise for Safer, Healthier Winter

EPA’s Burn Wise campaign seeks to reduce wood smoke pollution

You can help reduce wood smoke pollution. Burn only dry, seasoned wood; maintain your wood stove or fireplace; and change to an EPA-certified wood stove or fireplace insert. Find out more at EPA's burn wise web site.
Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
Take the solar plunge
If you've got a pool, why not heat it with the sun's free energy? A solar pool
heater is a great investment, paying for itself within two to seven years.
Read a Sierra Club article on solar hot water to learn more.
This Winter, Save Money and Stay Warm

Keep your energy bill and your pollution output low this winter by taking a whole-house approach to heating. Start with setting your thermostat as low as is comfortable. A programmable thermostat can help by adjusting the temperature according to your schedule-it can cut back heating at night, for instance, and turn it up again before you rise in the morning. It's also important to weatherize your home—caulk and weather strip any doors and windows that leak air. Make sure your equipment is properly maintained and cleaned and that furnace filters are replaced regularly. Finally, insulation is inadequate in many homes. Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawl spaces to see if it meets the levels recommended for your area. Check out Heating and Cooling for more tips.