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Get Ready for Winter III: Amica Insurance offers tips

11/15/2011

LINCOLN, RI – Rising heating costs will be a concern for many families this winter, so Amica Insurance is offering tips to help homeowners save money while keeping warm.

“'Now is the time to look around your house to make sure it’s as energy efficient as possible,” said Sean Welch, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “Even small things – such as making sure doors and windows are tightly closed or turning your thermostat down a few degrees – can help you save money during the winter months ahead.”

A good place to start is with your thermostat, Welch said. Make sure it’s not near a heating source or drafts of cold air, to help prevent faulty readings. Consider turning it down, even a degree or two, from what you’re used to. That can save quite a bit over the course of a few months. Also, don’t forget to turn it down while you’re not home and while you’re sleeping. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which can be set to automatically adjust the temperature for you.

Here are a few more money-saving tips:

  • Shut doors and heating vents in rooms that are seldom used.
  • Close curtains and draperies at night, to help preserve the heat. And make sure they’re open on sunny days.
  • Use plastic sheets to cover windows and doors that aren’t used during the winter to help prevent drafts.
  • Check the weather-stripping around all doors and windows. Repair or replace it in any spots that may make your home drafty.
  • Keep dampers closed on fireplaces and stove vents shut when they’re not in use.
  • Make sure you don’t have any cracks or openings in your foundation. If you do, fill them with caulking.
  • Consider increasing the insulation in your attic and ceilings. If possible, cover the attic entrance with plastic.

“While it’s great to save money by turning down the heat, never let a particular room or area of a house get too cold or you run the risk of having frozen water pipes that can burst and cause tremendous damage,” Welch said. “If possible, inspect all plumbing pipes leading in and through your house. Any pipes that run through unheated areas – such as attics, crawl spaces or outside walls – should be insulated.”

“Also, if you’ll be using your furnace a lot this winter, make sure it’s ready to run as efficiently as possible,” Welch said. “Have your furnace inspected and cleaned by a professional and make sure you change the furnace filter regularly.”

Every bit helps, so before you turn up the heat, prepare your home for cold weather, Welch said. Hopefully you will save money and have a warm and comfortable winter.

For more information on protecting your home for winter, visit www.disastersafety.org.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

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Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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