Winter Dollar Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10 percent a year on your heating bills by simply turning the thermostat back 10-15 percent for eight hours. Programmable or setback thermostats can do this for you automatically.

Another way of looking at adjusting your thermostat is that for every degree up or down the thermostat is adjusted from 70 degrees, your heating bill will raise or lower by 3.1 percent. Move the thermostat from 70 to 76 degrees and your heating bill will rise by 18.6 percent.

Temperature Settings Can Affect Heating Costs

Cost of keeping room temperature above and below
70 degrees Fahrenheit
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