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How to Lower Your Heating Bill in the Next 3 Months

After Christmas shopping and holiday parties, we can imagine that the last thing you need to worry about is an outrageous heating bill this winter.  So we did some research and came up with 10 proven ways to save on heating through the cold winter months. 

Turn Down the Thermostat
By turning down the thermostat 10 degrees while you are gone at work and when you at night when you go to bed could lower your bill by 14%.  Our advice is to set a reminder or program the thermostat for when you'll be gone, and invest in an electric blanket!

Keep an Eye on the Water Heater
Adjusting the water heater to be set at 115-120 degrees is all but noticeable and reduces use of power. 

Change the Furnace Filter
Make sure that you are checking and changing the filter regulary to ensure that your furnace is performing optimally throughout the winter.

Dress Warm
Put on a few layers while you're at home; don't forget slippers to keep your toes toasty warm.

Shut the Damper
Leaving the damper open on the fireplace when you are not using it is a terrible way to conserve heat.  Close the damper!

Be Scarce with Bathroom/Kitchen Fans
Use them when needed, but shut them off as soon as you're done.  Otherwise, they'll start working on sucking up all the warm air from the rest of your house.

Use the Old "Ceiling Fan in Reverse" Trick

Little known fact: hot air rises.  Throwing your ceiling fan in reverse will push hot air that has risen back down to the main level.

Promote Air Circulation
Keeping heating vents clear of furniture, curtains, and rugs will allow air to circulate properly.

Pay More Attention to the Curtains
Opening curtains on south-facing windows will let solar radiation warm up your rooms.

Buy a Bear Fur Rug
Okay, don't really do that.  But invest in some cozy winter home accessories- like insulated curtains, area rugs, and fluffy blankets to keep on your couch.
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