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I don't have to tell you this but, it's cold!!! Here in Atlanta over the past week, we've experienced temperatures that were way below average. One day last week, the high was 27 and the low was 9. The normal high in Atlanta for this time of year is in the mid 50s and the lows are in the low 30s. My poor heat has been working overtime too keep my house warm and I am terrified to get the bill. My bill last month was about $65 but I am expecting the next one to be over $100.
If you want to save money on your heating bills, consider these tips:
Programmable Thermostat. If there is no one home during the day, there is no reason to warm an empty house. Get a programmable thermostat and set your heat at a lower temp when no one is home and program it to start warming up before you get home. You can purchase a programmable thermostat for less than $40 at Wal-Mart or Target. They are easy to install and you'll make up the cost of the unit with the money you save on your heating bills.
Empty Rooms. Close the thermostat in rooms that aren't being used. This will force more heat into the rooms that are being used.
Stop Drafts. Check the seals around your windows and doors, do you feel air coming in. If so, this is causing your heating system to work harder to warm your home. Your hard earned money is just flowing out of each of those leaks. Window sealant is available at most discount retailers and home improvement stores. Put a towel underneath any door that is letting cold air in your home. It's not pretty but it will save money.
Wear More Clothes. My usual winter attire when I'm lounging around the house consists of sweat pants, socks, t-shirt and a fleece pullover. I would much rather wear a few more layers of clothing instead of turning up the heat and paying a larger heating bill.
Insulate. Check the insulation in your home. Heat can easily escape from poorly insulated areas in your home. The more insulation you have, the warmer your house will be.
How much was your last utility bill? Has it increased dramatically?