closed when the fireplace is not in use keeps heated air from escaping. “It’s all about the warm air leaking out of your house,” says Vargas, adding that the total size of the gaps that allow air to escape in most homes equals that of an open window.
Resources to Get You Through the Winter
Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) offers a newsletter with helpful tips and news.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org) has a free consumer’s guide to home energy savings.
Energy Star (www.energystar.gov) tells you how to get rebates on energy-efficient heating equipment.