10 Ways to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO BROKE STAYING WARM

Chilly winter weather is synonymous with cozy sweaters, hot cocoa — and expensive energy bills. It’s no surprise that running the heating system nonstop on high will cause your energy bill to skyrocket, especially compared with the warmer months, when you can open a window or use a fan to cool down. But you don’t have to go broke staying warm. Here are 10 tips to help make your energy use more efficient and your bills more affordable.

 

1. TAKE THE HEAT DOWN A NOTCH

Each degree you lower your thermostat for a period of at least eight hours — say, when you’re asleep or at work — can make your heating bill 1 percent cheaper, the Energy Department estimates. This doesn’t mean you have to freeze at night. Try throwing on warmer pajamas or snuggling under an extra blanket.

 

 

2. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Afraid you won’t remember to turn down the heat before you go to bed or leave the house? A programmable thermostat controls the temperature 24/7. Resist the temptation to mess with the settings when you get chilly, lest you eat into the savings. Grab a sweater instead.

 

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Source: Cheapism | Emily Lugg

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