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In following with our last post about saving money, we found a few more tips for you and some are even Christmas related!

Let’s face it: We all have a ton of demands during the winter months. Visiting relatives, holiday rituals, and icy cold weather to deal with.
Likewise, your electrical bill may soar during this time. As you strive to maintain an awesome Christmas lights display and start adjusting your HVAC systems, you may quickly run up your home’s energy usage.

However, you can cut down your electrical consumption here-and-there using a few easy techniques, preventing an unwelcome surprise in your power bill.

Tip 1: Use a Timer for Your Christmas Lights: I love an old-fashioned Christmas light display as much as the next person. But while these setups can be amazing in their extravagance, they can also burn a lot of power during the Christmas season. A few years ago, some folks advocated an end to this tradition in order to save energy.
However, you can enjoy Christmas lights responsibly by only using them a few hours per evening. A timer makes the entire process super easy, preventing the possibility you’ll accidentally leave your lights running overnight.

Bonus Tip: Use LED Christmas lights to save even more more money, as their bulbs are energy efficient.

Tip 2: Lower Your Climate Control Usage: If you Live in the South, you may still be running your air conditioning. Be sure to set it at a higher temperature for the holiday months. If it’s icy cold where you live, go ahead and keep your heater just a notch below the perfect temperature. Simply wear a sweater inside, and you’ll save a tremendous amount of money.

Tip 3: Wash Your Clothes with Cold Water: This tip applies to any time of the year, really. By washing all your clothes with cold water, you’ll reduce water heating costs and lower your energy use.

If you’re looking for a long-term savings plan, you can always consider a home energy audit. This way, you’ll learn about all the little things that are costing you big bucks over time. Even so, a few simple measure may be enough to keep your spirits a bit warmer during this time.

Remember, Casteel Heating and Cooling can perform an energy audit for you. Just call us at 770-565-5884

Article cited: http://ezinearticles.com/?3-Easy-Ways-to-Reduce-Your-Electric-Bill-This-Winter-Season&id=5485980

When you’re too cold, you can’t sleep. You can’t think. Kids can’t study and Santa Claus is a distant dream. This is the situation for too many of Georgia’s families and elderly citizens this year.

According to the latest Georgia Department of Labor figures, our neighbors are struggling with a 42% increase in initial unemployment claims in Fulton County and a 67% increase in unemployment claims in Cobb County. Even before the recent unemployment crisis, 188,000 people lived below the poverty line and mortgage foreclosures were at record levels.

Furnace repairs are too expensive for some families

Heating system repairs quickly mount into the hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars —which is why for many deserving families, these repairs simply cost too much.

While there are numerous worthy organizations dedicated to helping low income families offset their monthly energy costs, Casteel Christmas is the only one that helps our needy neighbors in Cobb and Fulton counties get broken, or inefficient heating systems back online. These types of repairs are costly and require expert technicians. At Casteel Christmas, we have the talent and expertise to take on the challenge.

We are already making a Difference

In 2008, supported by a growing sponsorship base that includes Ironstone Bank, and Kudzu.com, Casteel Heating & Cooling helped needy Cobb and Fulton residents by providing free furnace repair services valued at $100,000.

We believe that through added support and sponsorship, Casteel Christmas will have a long-lasting and meaningful effect on the community through the knock-on effect of goodwill and the difference they make in the lives they touch.

History of the program

Casteel Christmas is a nonprofit organization that came about as an expression of the commitment of the employees at Casteel Heating & Cooling to their community. For over 20 years, the people at Casteel have helped Georgia residents stay comfortable. In 2008, with our community distressed with record unemployment and mortgage foreclosures, we decided to help those in need the best way we knew how—by helping kids stay warm this Christmas through functional furnaces.

What sets us apart

Casteel Christmas is the ONLY program dedicated to helping people offset expensive heating equipment maintenance and repair.

Who we help

Casteel Christmas provides heating system repair and maintenance to legal Cobb and Fulton county residents whose annual income is 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, or who are facing imminent foreclosure on their homes.

How we help them

We have committed labor, talent and repairs valued at $100,000 to help needy and deserving people to get the furnace repairs they need. We are raising money from the community and our sponsors to help increase our ability to help. We also recruit talent from the community and provide a framework for contractors and technicians who want to give their time to this effort.

To get on our Casteel Christmas service list, call 770-Casteel.