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Quick Tips to Save on Energy Costs This Winter

November 14, 2013

As any home-owner can tell you, the cost for heating your home can certainly add up.  Luckily there are some ways to help combat this winter thermostattime money zapper.

* One of the most effective and easiest ways to keep your heat bills down this winter is by keeping your windows and doors shut as much as possible.  This may seem obvious but it can be a real drain on your furnace if you have a habit of leaving your door cracked while you run and get the mail or go to start your car.

* In addition to simply keeping windows closed you may want to apply some plastic film over your windows.  This is sold at any hardware center and can really reduce the drafts and chill to a house.

* For those of you with traditional fireplaces, while you may think you are helping to supplement the heat in your home by using your fireplace you are actually defeating your purpose.  Since a fireplace sucks heated air out of your home to fuel the fire and then exhausts it through the chimney you are actually losing heat in the long run due to the fireplace.

* Get your furnace inspected by a professional.  Just having a quick tune up can end up saving you hundreds of dollars down the road.

* Install a programmable thermostat so that you can set your furnace to a lower temperature at night and during the day when you are at work.  Lowering your thermostat 10 degrees at night can help reduce your heating bill by up to 20%.

These are just a few of the ways to help save on your heating costs this winter.  For more information and tips click here.

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