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CUTTING HEATING COSTS THIS WINTER
December 18, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Green Tips

When the heating bill starts to go up in the winter it can be a little hard to take.  These simple tips from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) can be a starting point for reining in some of your winter expenses:

  • Try using a crock pot instead of the stove.  Soups, chilis and stews are a good food choice for the winter and the crock pot can be a simple and economical way to sit down to a warm meal on a cold night.
  • Close your blinds at night to keep the drafts and cold air from infiltrating the interior of the house.  On the flip side, open the blinds during the day to take advantage of the warm sunshine.
  • Go without an electric blanket.  The CUB Energy Saver estimates that using one 10 hours a week during the winter months adds $13 to a typical electric bill.
  • Cut down on your shower time.  It saves on your utility bill–and your skin.
  • Lower your water heater temperature.  Putting a water heater blanket on helps even more.
  • Replace your old, incandescent holiday lights with LEDs can save up to $16 a year.
  • Replace CFL bulbs in just two of your most used sockets and save up to $20 a year!
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