How to save money and stay warm

With Chicagoland temperatures this week at zero degrees and below, everyone is doing their best to stay warm.  Of course, with our economy heading downhill faster than you can say “Merry Christmas,” it’s no wonder people want to save every penny possible.  Here are some excellent tips to lower your energy bills this winter and still stay warm.

watch-thermostat-tip-2-lg11) When you’re home, keep your thermostat as low as possible.  Even lowering it a degree or two could save you $40 over the year.  Every degree below 68 can save you 4% on your bills.  Layer and wear extra clothing to stay warm.

2) Use insulation kits or caulk and weatherstrip all doors and windows where cold air can seep in.

3) Keep your filters in your furnace clean.  Dirty filters can be clogged and prevent the hot air from getting through the vents.

4) Take advantage of the sun!  On sunny days, keep your windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to warm up the room.

5) By reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, you can push warm air down into the room.  You’ll want them to turn clockwise during the winter.

6) Keep garage doors closed to prevent the outside air from seeping in.

For more tips, you can visit the Web site of your local gas utility company.  Many also put pamphlets in their bills to customers during the winter months.   Just remember to stay warm!

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