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Let's face it: it's Illinois, which means it's either summer or winter!

As the colder months approach and you spend more time at home, the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program has tips to help you save money and energy. Although some things will always remain uncertain, you can take control of your energy use and we're here to help. Below are a few energy saving tips to share with your family members so you can start saving today and well into the future.

Open your shades on winter days

Take advantage of winter sunlight. By opening blinds during the day to use natural light and capture free heat, you'll be able to lower the temperature on your thermostat and save on heating costs.

Run ceiling fans in reverse during the winter

Warm air rises and collects near ceilings. In the winter, you can run your ceiling fan in reverse on a low setting to circulate warm air more evenly. Then lower your thermostat to save on heating costs.

Move furniture and drapes away from baseboard heaters

Clear obstructions from around your baseboard heaters to reduce your heating costs. Move furniture and curtains at least six inches away from the heater, and vacuum its coils yearly so warm air can circulate more easily.

Make sure your refrigerator seal is tight

If the seal on your refrigerator or freezer door isn't doing its job, your appliance could be leaking some of the cooled air it produces. But you don't need to buy a new refrigerator. To fix the problem, replace your leaky seal (also known as a gasket)with a new one. This will improve its efficiency and may extend its lifetime.

Clean or replace air filters

Heating and cooling consume the most energy in the average home: up to 50% of total home energy use. Dirty air filters make your furnace, central air conditioner, or room air conditioner work harder to circulate air. By cleaning or replacing your filters, you can lower your heating and cooling system energy use by up to 15%.

Install efficient showerheads

Showering accounts for about 20% of the average home's hot water use, but energy-efficient showerheads can cut use in half. Energy-efficient showerheads with the WaterSense label reduce water usage without compromising water pressure so your shower can be less costly and just as comfortable.

Weatherstrip windows and doors

The edges of doors and windows are often not sealed well, allowing unconditioned air to seep into your home or conditioned air to escape. Weatherstripping your windows and doors can save you up to 10% on energy used for heating and cooling. Weatherstripping your windows and doors will help reduce this leakage.

Adjust the display on your television

New televisions are originally set to look best on the showroom floor. However, these bright display modes are often unnecessary for your home and use a considerable amount of energy. Adjusting your TV's display settings can significantly reduce its power use without compromising picture quality.

Adjust the settings on your video game console

The newest game consoles offer many new features, such as voice control, gesture recognition, wireless controllers, and the ability to stream live video. Most of these new features draw power even when the device is not being used. In fact, new consoles use more energy over the course of a year in standby mode or while streaming videos than when anyone is actually playing games.

Install faucet aerators

Older kitchen and bathroom faucets can waste the equivalent of 40 showers worth of water on average every year. Installing low-flow aerators is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce hot water use from your faucets by up to 30% without sacrificing water pressure.

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