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My Heating Bill is Out of Control, Help!

It’s winter and it’s cold outside. What’s better than being cozy and warm indoors? Not much.

But how can you stay cozy and warm inside, without pushing your heating bill through the roof? Let’s go over some basics of bringing down your heating bill for little or no money.

Tip number one. Lower your thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll see noticeable savings on your heating bill. What temperature do you keep it set at? 70? 72? Try lowering it to 68. If you already have it at 68 and you’re comfortable, try 66.

Tip number two. Get a programmable thermostat. What will this do for you? This will allow you to lower your temperature setting automatically when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping. It also allows the temperature to be automatically raised back up just before you get home or wake up. When you’re not home, who are you heating your house for anyway? Don’t worry about your dog or cat, they have fur. And when you’re sleeping, an extra blanket is all you need to stay toasty and warm.  Try bringing the setting down to anywhere in the 62 – 65 range when you’re not home or asleep. This will net you significant savings. Programmable thermostats come in 5 and 7 day varieties, the latter will allow you to have independent control of weekend settings as well.

Tip number three. Ditch the short sleeves and throw on a sweater. Keeping bundled up indoors will allow you to significantly lower your ‘home’ thermostat setting. If 68 degrees is comfortable with short sleeves, 66 or lower could be perfectly comfortable with a sweater.

These simple, and for the most part free, tips can help you get control of your runaway heating bill. Look for a future article with other low cost tips to help you take control of your heating bill.

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