Save money on heating bills this winter

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -When the temperature drops outside, it often means your energy bill goes in the opposite direction.  However, there are ways to save.

First, set your thermostat to 68 degrees.

"For every degree above that you use about 3 to 5% more electricity," says Georgia Power's Shay Batton.

Which costs more money.  Next, proper insulation is key to keeping bills lower.

"Your attic insulation should be R30 which is about 13 inches of blown fiberglass insulation," adds Batton.

Check your windows for cracks, see if they need re-caulking.

"Doors, if you can stand inside your home with your outside door closed and see light at the bottom or down the side of it, then the weather stripping has probably worn out and needs to be replaced."

Batton also says change the direction of your ceiling fans.

"Your fan needs to be turning in a clockwise position in the winter time which helps to circulate the heat that rises."

Also, wrap your water heater.

A few more tips...

  • If you have vents that are on the floor or bottom of walls, make sure they aren't covered or obstructed by any furniture
  • Also, contrary to popular belief, leave all of the vents in your house open as well as interior doors to help with circulation.
  • Close the damper on fireplaces when not in use
  • Running a humidifier can also help
  • If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove or cover them.

Finally, Batton says a little maintenance goes a long way.

"You need to make sure you service your heating and cooling system on a regular basis, make sure it runs properly and efficiently and it also helps the life of your heating and cooling system."

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