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December 18, 2018

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

Holiday 2018Winter is almost here and the temperature outside is going DOWN. If you haven't already, sooner or later you will be firing that furnace up, and that means money.

But don't throw any more money away on heat than you have to. Scroll down for a few simple tips that will keep your house warm for less.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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Humidifiers. Using a humidifier can reduce your heating costs because moist air retains heat better than dry air. There are other benefits to using a humidifier as well: they reduce static electricity (and annoying winter time shocks!), dry skin, and make it easier to breathe. Cost: $30 and up.

Use fans to move the heated air around your house. If you have ceiling fans, set them on the lowest speed and have them push the warm air at the ceiling down to your level (warm air rises). This could allow you to lower the temperature of your thermostat by making the room feel a lot warmer.

Seal the leaks in your house. Your house leaks hot air! But if you seal most of these leaks, you can save between 10 and a whopping 20 percent on your heating bill. Common areas to find leaks include around doors, windows, near the attic, where wires and cables enter your house, and around electrical outlets. You can seal gaps under doors with something as simple as a rolled up blanket. Heavy duty clear plastic window treatments can be a little more work and a little more expensive, but they are a great idea if your windows are single pane. Seal gaps around any pipes, wires, vents or other openings with caulk or weather stripping.

Casseroles! Making meals at home saves money (especially if you make enough for leftovers) and using your stove helps keep your home nice and toasty while running the furnace less.