Lower Your Winter Energy Costs With These 7 Tips

It’s easy to spend more on utilities in the winter— but it’s also just as easy to save a few bucks.  

Below are seven tips for keeping your heating bill in check. Small steps like these can reduce your costs by as much as 20%!

1. Turn your thermostat down when no one’s home or when it’s full of people who will create heat.

2. Turn down your thermostat at night (and keep warm with blankets instead).

3. Open south-facing blinds, curtains and drapes during the day.

4. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (instead of the normal 140).

5. Check your furnace filters and replace them if necessary. (Dirty filters make your furnace run less efficiently.)

6. If you have a fireplace and it’s not in use, close the damper and seal the opening.

7. Install foam insulation gaskets behind electrical outlets and switch plate covers.

These tips are especially helpful for apartment dwellers who have to deal with chilly winters (hello, Commons on Kinnear residents).

Got any other energy saving tips? Let us know in the comments!

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