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Tips to Help You Lower Your Energy Costs During Winter

This cold weather is staying with us for a couple days and heating your home can be expensive. We have some trips to help you lower your energy costs this winter.
"Terrible! You have this high wind and cold weather, and your furnace runs constantly." - Byron Collier
This cold weather is staying with us for a couple days and heating your home can be expensive.  We have some trips to help you lower your energy costs this winter.

With lots of snow and temperatures well below freezing, this weather can not only affect your health.  It can also affect your pocketbook.

"Terrible! You have this high wind and cold weather, and your furnace runs constantly." - Byron Collier

Bryan Collier is talking about his winter utility bills, and says that if you have electric heat instead of gas, you can expect to spend even more money.

"I have a nephew that has electric heat, and his bill just skyrockets because he heats the whole house electric."

Even with gas heat, the cold weather still has big impact on Byron's bill.

"I usually pay around $45 or something like that for oil, or gas and it will go clear up to $100 and some dollars in cold weather."

Kim Sabrosky the Community Relations Manager for Indiana Michigan Power has some advice for lowering your bill.

"Set the thermostat to 68 and dress in layers, put on that warm sweater or heavy sweatshirt."

Other tips include...
Unplugging appliance when you are not using them - because even when they are plugged in they still use a lot of energy.
Set your water heater to 120 to 130 degrees.
Always wash full loads of dishes and laundry.
Insulate your home and caulk windows,
Turn off your lights when you leave a room.
Put your computer in hibernate mode.

For Byron, he's been able to resolve some of the cost with high bills during the winter months, by asking his utility company for a budgeted plan.

"I put my stuff on a budget, so they just figure out how much it's going to cost the whole year, and then you just pay a certain payment every month."

If you follow these tips, you can hopefully keep your heat bill down and have a nice warm home this winter.



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