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Making Your Budget Stretch During the Winter Months

As the cold sets in, you can’t avoid rising heating costs. Your friends at Columbia Utilities are always here for you to make sure your energy needs are taken care of. Take some sound advice to trim your expenses so that the burden of your bills won’t be as difficult to bear. Enjoy being toasty and warm while you have some peace of mind when it comes to paying for it.

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Turn the Heat Down a Notch
As a rule of thumb, keep your thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees. At night, you can even turn it down a bit more. If you have a timed thermostat, you can set it to warm up when you are about to get out of bed. If you’re a little cool, put on a sweater or use a throw blanket. You’ll be able to keep your home comfortable without skyrocketing expenses.

If You’re Not Using it, Turn it Off
There’s no reason to leave the entire house flooded with light. Only turn on the lights in rooms that you are using. The same holds true for the radio and television. If you are not watching or listening, put the switch on off. You want to make decisions that will help you to be more economical.

Check for Drafts
When the cold sets in, you want to leave it outside your door. Use weather stripping to block drafts around your windows and doors. You can also put draft catchers at the bottom of your doors as well. Consider covering your windows with plastic as an added measure of protection. You can block out the cold and keep your heat from escaping.

Check Your Insulation
Many homeowners overlook their insulation. Make sure your attic is thoroughly insulated. You can also block off portions of your house that are not being used. If you have a very large home, you might not be using the upstairs. You can also set up climate control zones, allowing yourself to heat certain areas of the home that are used the most. All of your efforts will add up, helping you to keep your heating and energy bills under control.

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