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Saving on Heating Costs in the Bitter Cold

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As snow and bitter cold have Hoosiers turning up the thermostat, state officials say there are ways to keep heating costs down. Anthony Swinger with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says a home energy audit can help you reduce use and better manage the bills. He also says many consumers are eligible for a free assessment from Energizing Indiana.  "They'll send someone out, do a walk-through, spend some time with you and actually show you where in your home you can make improvements that can really help and add up," Swinger said.  Other tips include a clean furnace filter, checking your insulation, setting ceiling fans to turn clockwise at a low speed, and using a programmable thermostat – turning down the temperature when you are at work or sleeping.
More information at energizingindiana.com 
Swinger says another easy way to save money is to seek out the “energy vampires” in your house, also referred to as standby power.  "We're talking about a cell phone charger that's plugged into the wall, but no phone is plugged in at the other end," Swinger said.  "Or another small appliance that you might keep plugged in, that doesn't really need to be plugged in, but it is using energy to some degree. "  He also says most Indiana natural gas and electric utilities offer budget billing programs, which all customers to pay specific amounts each month.


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