Energy Efficient Tips To Save On Heating Costs

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With temperatures getting cooler, now is the time to think about energy efficiency to save on heating costs.

You can schedule a home energy audit through Lincoln Electric System to find out where you are losing money. A service representative can pinpoint areas where you can be more efficient and save on heating costs during the winter months.

When it's cold outside, here are some simple ways you can keep energy use and costs down on the inside.

Here are some tips from LES about preparing your home for winter:

- Have your furnace cleaned and checked annually.

- Clean or replace furnace filters regularly. A dirty or plugged filter reduces the amount of heated air supplied to your home, increasing your heating cost.

- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees at night or when you are away from home more than four hours.

- Make sure air registers are not obstructed by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

- Open shades and drapes on sunny sides of your home during daytime hours and close them at night.

- Keep windows tightly latched.

- For comfort in cooler temperatures, warm clothes can be the best insulation of all. A light, long-sleeved sweater equals almost 2 degrees in added warmth; a heavy sweater adds 4 degrees.

- Keep fireplace damper closed unless in use.

- If using a portable space heater, turn down the central heating thermostat to offset the energy being consumed by the space heater.

- Check and add insulation to attic, exterior walls and basement if appropriate.

Heating costs are expected to be stable this winter. Electric and natural gas rates can vary depending on the weather, but are stable at this time.