The recent cold snap may have shown you areas in your house or apartment that could use a little extra attention from an energy-efficiency point of view.  Windows, doors, and exhaust fans are all common places where the cold air can get in.  The Citizens Utility Board says you can use the knowledge you have gained this week to plan ahead and save some money.

CUB Spokesman Jim Chilsen says if you aren’t using every room, create “comfort zones.”

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Other tips are to reduce the drafts by sealing up leaks.  This can be done with anything from a professional equipment to a rolled up towel.  Clear radiators, registers, air returns and baseboards of obstructions.  Clean or replace filters for a forced-air heating system.  And circulate the heat with the help of a ceiling fan. In the winter, run the fan clockwise to pull warm air down from the ceiling.

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