August 19, 2022


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Winter is coming: Save money on your energy bill with these simple winterization tips – Observer-Reporter

Though a little late to the party, chilly autumn weather has finall.......

Though a little late to the party, chilly autumn weather has finally arrived and it’s time to turn up the heat.

And “turning on the heat” is often synonymous with “increased energy bills.”

“It can be a big part of people’s monthly costs. It can be significant,” said Joann Glickman, Building Technologies Office Program Manager of the Residential Buildings Integration at the U.S. Department of Energy. “It’s not just a cost issue. It’s also a matter of comfort.”

Keeping heating costs low while maintaining a warm, cozy living environment doesn’t have to break the bank. Simple solutions like heavier, energy efficient curtains and chic carpets – both of which can be found online at any price point – keeps warm air in and makes weatherizing feel less like work and more decorating.

A cost savings hanging in plain sight doubles as a heater and money-saver. By reversing ceiling fans so they spin clockwise, you send warm air to the ground and cut energy costs by roughly 10%. Just don’t forget to reverse the fan’s spin cycle come spring.

Though home hacks are fun and cost-effective, the best thing you can do to save on utility bills this winter is lower your thermostat.

“The thermostat is where it’s at,” she said.

Glenn Dickey, Home Energy Score Technical Manager with the Building Technologies Office in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said putting on an extra sweater and lowering your thermostat is the easiest way to cut costs this winter.

He said it’s worth investing in an automatic thermostat so you can set lower temperatures during hours you spend sleeping or working. 

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