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8 money-saving tips to keep your heating bills low

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With the holidays in sight, you might be planning on spending a lot of money on gifts for your family and friends. The last thing you want to do is overspend on keeping your home warm. You can follow a few simple tricks to save on your heating bills in the looming winter.

1. Set your heat to 68 degrees.
You should try to keep the temperature of your home at this level while awake at home. To many people, this is the ideal home temperature. To others, getting used to a 68-degree home might take some adjusting. Until you are used to this temperature, grab a blanket, a hot cup of tea and your softest slippers.

2. Lower the temperature when you go to sleep.
You can lower your heating bills even more by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower when you're going to sleep. Your pajamas and blankets should keep you warm through the night.

3. Lower the temperature when you go to work or on vacation.
According to Energy.gov, individuals who lower their thermostat between 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can experience up to 10 percent savings annually on their heating and cooling systems. When you go to work, keep your temperature low, as you won't be home to enjoy the warmth.

If you're going on vacation, turn your thermostat down to 55 degrees. This optimal temperature will keep your heating bills low while maintaining a high enough temperature to prevent your pipes from freezing.

4. Seal your doors and windows.
Approximately 30 percent of a home's heating energy gets lost through windows, as reported by Energy.gov. Mending this issue can be as simple as taking a trip to your local hardware store. Purchasing and applying weather strips to drafty windows and doors can help keep your warm air inside.

5. Use curtains for more than decorations.
Thick floor-to-ceiling curtains can prevent window drafts in the winter. This simple, inexpensive way to lower your electric bill can make a significant difference. Make sure you know which curtains to keep open and which ones to close during the day, as south-facing windows typically allow a substantial amount of sunlight in, as explained by Liberty Mutual. Solar heating is free and highly effective.

6. Change your air filters.
If your heating filters are dirty, your furnace and heat pump might have to work harder. This extra exertion can cause a dramatic increase in your heating bill. Depending on how much your heater runs, try to change yours every 1 to 3 months to keep your heating system in proper working order.

7. Run your fans in reverse.
You might only think to use your ceiling fans in the summer months, when you are trying to keep your home cool. Did you know that ceiling fans can also conserve the heat in your home? If you run your fan backward, any warm air collected along your ceiling will be circulated down to ground level. Science dictates that heat rises, but proper air circulation in your home can combat this norm.

8. Upgrade your heating unit.
If your heating system isn't working the way it used to, you might be in line for an upgrade. Modern heaters come in different shapes, sizes and efficiency levels. Not ready to replace your entire heating system? Maybe a space heater can help. Shop among Lasko's vast selection of portable heaters to find the right heater for your home.


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