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If you’ve lived in North Carolina for any period of time, you know that winters can be unpredictable.  One day it can be sunny and short sleeved weather and two days later there could be ice or snow blanketing the area.  Because the outside temperature can vary, you often find yourself adjusting the thermostats in you home.  This can lead to unnecessary fluctuations to your utility bills.  If you are looking for ways to help control your heating bill, try implementing these fall and winter energy saving tips.

  1. Turn down your thermostats to 68 degrees.  For every degree you lower in the 60 degree range, you can save up to 5% on heating costs.
  2. Open your curtains during the day to allow the sun to help warm your home.  Be sure to close the curtains when the sun goes down.
  3. Only heat the rooms you use.  Close doors and vents to rooms you do not use to direct the flow of air to rooms that you do use.
  4. Move furniture away from vents and along interior walls.
  5. Change your ceiling fans to flow counter clockwise which will help force hot air down.
  6. Seal up leaks.  Caulk around windows and replace worn weatherstripping.
  7. Keep chimney dampers closed when not using the fireplace.
  8. Decorate for the holidays with LED lights which use at least 75% less energy.

For more winter energy saving tips for you home, visit http://energy.gov.