PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – With prices soaring as of October 1, Rhode Islanders have plenty of ways to save money and energy this fall.
Robert Coogan, president of RE Coogan Heating in Warwick, works with Heating Systems on a daily basis.
He told Rhode Islanders, “People don’t even know their house. They don’t know if there’s a broken window in their basement. They haven’t gone there. They don’t know if they’re going to get a frozen pipe. They don’t know if heat or air conditioner is leaking from the window “.
There are two quick solutions to saving money and energy with your heating systems, Kogan said.
“All it takes is a few dirt particles, now that air can’t pass through the system so it can’t be cooled or heated up,” Kogan said about changing your system filter.
“A simple thermostat — an energy-efficient digital thermostat — can make a huge difference to the temperature in the home. A lot of old thermostats will run and be either two or three degrees, so they’ll either run either higher or lower as you like,” he added.
Kogan also recommends periodic maintenance of heating systems only by professionals.
For anyone who is unable to make these changes and needs more financial assistance, Service 211 at the United Way of Rhode Island may help.
“We are here to help the community navigate resources,” said Courtney Smith, 211 Service Manager for United Way Rhode Island. “We know it can be stressful, confusing, and at times frustrating. The goal of our absolutely amazing team is to be able to help people navigate this system.”
The service is available online at 211 United Road in Rhode Island or over the phone.
“We can make sure that they have access to programs in the community. We are definitely there to help,” she concluded.