Money-Saving Tips to Keep Your Energy Bill Down This Winter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/08

Money-Saving Tips to Keep Your Energy Bill Down This Winter

What a difference a day makes. Tuesday's spring like weather gave way to cold temperatures on Wednesday. When the weather outside is frightful, paying your heating bill can be less than delightful. But bills shouldn't weigh you down, when the chilly air blows onto the South Plains. 

"One of the first things you want to do is to make sure your pipes are safe, so some of things that we have for that is going to be pipe insulation that you can use to wrap around your pipes," said Lowes Sales Manager Curtis Benton.    

In some cases filters can be equally as important as those pipes. "Check the filters every month consider replacing them every three months.  Lubbock is dusty we have a lot of stuff in the air, check those filters, replace them," said Chris Sims with Lubbock Power and Light. 

One of the easiest ways to save money this winter is to make sure there is not a draft coming in underneath your door.  Something as easy as self adhesive door sweep that keeps your heat inside and the cold air out.

If you succeed in keeping cold temps out a constant warm setting on the thermostat may not be a necessity.  Spending a little on a programmable thermostat can end up saving you 20% on your energy bill. "You can set that thermostat to be on when you are in the home and to lower or rise based on the time when you are not in the home," said Sims.   

It's easy to forget this time of the year, but the spirit of Christmas can drain your budget, so timers are a must.  "You can get these timers and they will come on and they can turn your Christmas lights on and off too so you don't have to worry about leaving those things on all the time," said Benton.   

While those are the basics, sometimes spending a little more can save you money in the long run.

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