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On Track - Managing Winter Utility Bills
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December 2007

Dear Friend,
Trying to stay warm in the winter without driving up your energy bill can be a difficult task, but not an impossible one. Putting some strategies into place now can help keep your utility bill manageable all season. Some ideas are low-cost - others may take a small investment. But with a little common sense, hard work, and smart purchases, you can stay warm this season without racking up a huge energy bill. In this edition of On Track we'll examine some ideas for managing your winter utility bills to stay within your budget.
Keeping Warm in the Winter - Without Spending a Bundle

Quick Quote In most parts of the country, utility usage rises in the winter months. This isn't surprising since with less daylight and colder weather we spend more time indoors, so the need for heating, water heating, and lighting is greatest during these months. Of course, this also means that the accompanying utility bills rise as well. You can't do anything to change the temperature outside, but with a little bit of planning and effort, you can take steps to keep you comfortable while you're inside without spending a fortune.

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Setting Your Thermostat for Winter - During cold, winter months, 36% of your energy bill comes from keeping your house heated. Don't be a heat "hog." Your heating bill will increase by 3% every time you raise your heat by just one degree when you set the thermostat at 71 degrees or higher. That's a lot of money for just a little more heat. The point of this Pointer: To keep your utility bills "cool" and your house "warm", keep your thermostat at a comfortable 69 degrees.
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