ENERGY SAVINGS: Cut Costs On Your Heating Bill

It’s something you can’t live without during this brutal winter. With weeks of cold temperatures it’s become hard for some homeowners to afford their heating bill.

Friday’s high temperature outside was 19 degrees, the temperature inside Heather Goben’s home is only 63 degrees.

“We keep it extremely cold in here,” says Goben.

Goben leaves her thermostat set at 63 degrees all day. She knows it not ideal but it’s all she can afford.

“My husband, Josh, will come home from work and put on sweatpants and a sweatshirt,” says Goben.

Heather has tried everything to keep cold air out of her home by wrapping her windows and by using rolled up rugs to keep the warm air from escaping under her doors. However, she says this winter it is hard to avoid the high heating costs.

“In December our bill went up gradually then in January it’s been horrible.”

savingsMidAmerican Energy says homeowners who keep their thermostat set below the recommended temperature of 68 degrees can save large portions off their heating bill.

“If you move down from 68 degrees to 67 degrees, you could see up to a four percent savings,” says Abby Bottenfield of MidAmerican Energy.

Groben saves 19 percent by keeping her house at 63 degrees. However, Bottenfield says if homeowners heat their homes heated above 68 degrees, they will see the opposite on their heating bill, costing them up to 30 percent extra.

Other ways homeowners can save energy and money is to keep the curtains open on a sunny day to naturally warm the house, seal window leaks and make sure all air registers are not blocked by any furniture.

MidAmerican also provides free programmable thermostats, which help conserve energy for users during their energy home check program.



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