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A warm, cozy room on a cold winter day can feel remarkably inviting and comforting. The energy bill for this luxury  is not always so pleasant. A rise in heating costs is inevitable during the coldest months of the year, but there are ways to minimize the increase. 

Here are seven tips for keeping your heating bill low this winter. 

  1. Bundle up. Setting the temperature in your home or building a few degrees lower than normal and wearing warm socks and sweaters is an easy way to reduce heating costs. 
  2. Don’t cover your thermostat. Make sure holiday decorations are not covering or blocking any thermostats, which can make it more difficult for them to read an accurate temperature. Do not place supplemental sources of heat directly in front of a thermostat. 
  3. Lower your water heater. If you lower the temperature on your water heater slightly, you might notice the difference while washing dishes, but you’ll notice a difference on your energy bill. 
  4. Install a programmable thermostat. Setting a heating schedule on a programmable thermostat allows you to warm a building only when it is most necessary and keep it cooler when fewer people are around. 
  5. Don’t block the air vent. Your home or building might be rearranged for the holiday season, but make sure nothing is blocking the air vent which can prevent proper airflow and lead to higher utility bills. 
  6. Schedule a checkup. Regular, preventative maintenance on your HVAC system, such as changing filters and scheduling a professional checkup, will ensure it is running efficiently. 

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