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K is for Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed

K is for Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed

Keeping the damper open (when you’re not using your fireplace) is like keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney. This can add up to hundreds of dollars each winter in energy loss. Check out the pros and cons of heating with wood.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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10:59PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010


4:16PM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

Hi! Thanks for sharing this comment about fireplaces. Personally, I use a gas fireplace so I don't need to worry about the flue. I find

5:50AM PDT on May 21, 2010


1:16AM PDT on May 21, 2010

its really good.

12:20AM PDT on May 21, 2010

thanks for the article.

10:44PM PDT on May 20, 2010

save the energy as u can.
its the best idea.

9:41PM PDT on May 20, 2010

nice saving energy is good.
thanks for the information.

3:33PM PDT on May 13, 2010

i thought this was basic knowledge. you can also buy "balloons" that are draft stoppers.

12:52PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

Keeping your fireplace damper open has other negative effects besides wasting energy. When I was still working, my secretary arrived at home after work one day to find that two squirrels had entered her house through her open damper, and they had torn up her house. It took animal control and days of hard work to clean uo the mess.

9:57PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

This can add up to hundreds of dollars each winter in energy loss. Check out the pros and cons of heating with wood.
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