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Your heating bill could go up this winter — here are 7 tips to stay warm on a budget

Buffalo Snow
Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 14, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to a report from the Associated Press, the U.S. government said Wednesday households could see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter.

With your heating bill potentially increasing this winter, below you'll find 7 tips to stay warm on a budget.

  1. Apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) here.
  2. Program your thermostat. National Fuel says to set thermostats between 65° and 70° during the winter and at 58° when away from the house for more than a few hours. This can possibly save around 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill.
  3. Change or clean furnace air filters once a month during the heating season. Experts say furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily.
  4. Adjust your ceiling fan. Ivy Lea Construction says many ceiling fans have a switch that changes the direction of the blades and a fan moving clockwise can actually push warm air back down to the ground.
  5. Cover drafts like doors and windows with weather-stripping or draft-stoppers.
  6. Close off unused rooms
  7. Bundle up - consider wearing long sleeves or layers at home to keep the thermostat cooler more comfortably.

You can find further information, including alternative ways to heat your home, here.