ENERGY SAVINGS: Cut Costs On Your Heating Bill

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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.


  • Heather

    So if you lower your thermostat by one degree, you save 4%, but if you increase it by one degree, you pay 30%? How is that not price gouging?

    • Mike Cee

      Please both read and comprehend what was written. It says if they heat their homes ABOVE 68 degrees, not 1 degree above 68. ABOVE 68 can mean 72, 75, or even 78 degrees. Depending upon how far ABOVE 68 degrees the thermostat is set, it could be UP TO 30% extra (note that the numbers are predicated by sliding scales, not static amounts).

      In simpler terms the article does not say that increasing the thermostat to 69 degrees will result in a 30% increase.

      Sheesh. It’s clear that reading comprehension is no longer taught in schools.

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