Cheap and easy ways to stay warm this winter

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You know that pit in your stomach you get when you look at the heating bill in the winter time, always wanting it to be lower than it is?

Well, we have some suggestions that will keep you warm through the winter and save you money.

“One of the easiest things you can do is just roll out some insulation in your attic and one of the great things about that is utility companies like Nipsco, they will pay 40 percent of any improvement you do with insulation in the attic and they will pay you up to 450 dollars and usually it’s going to cost you from 1,500 to 2,000 dollars,” says Director of IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future Mike Keen.

In addition to that, Keen says you should change your filters in your home. You want to do that after winter and after the summer. You also want to insulate your pipes and change your light bulbs. Keen suggests using compact fluorescent lights or LED’s. He says these bulbs have a longer life and save you energy. Weather stripping your windows and doors, closing your blinds and putting plastic on your windows are also good ideas.

Other things that will save you money has to do with behavior. Keen suggests getting a programmable thermostat. If you get one you will be able to set it so the temperature goes down when you sleep and goes back up about 30 minutes before you wake up.

“For every degree you turn your thermostat down you are going to save at least one percent of your energy,” explains Keen.

Wearing the right cloths is also key. That means sweatshirts, warm socks and slippers. Also, make sure you have blankets around.

“Those kinds of things become part of your life style and you don't feel like you are sort of depriving yourself, it’s just a cozy warm lifestyle and you will be happier for it, healthier and you will have a little more money in your pocket,” says Keen.

Other ways you can save money:

1. Energizing Indiana will do a FREE energy audit on your home.

They will spend an hour in your house, look at your utility bills and give you suggestions on how to save money. They will also leave behind 30 dollars’ worth of water saving devices and light bulbs.

2. Most utility companies offer rebates if you buy and install a programmable thermostat

3. Other utility companies like Nipsco will actually pay you a percentage for any insulation improvements you do in your attic.


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