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How to set your thermostat for optimal savings in the winter

September 29, 2014

When the weather gets too cold for comfort, it's time to close windows and fire up your heating system. Once you turn on the thermostat for the winter, your heating bill will increase significantly. However, you can save a lot of money if you follow a few best practices for heating your home.

Setting your thermostat
You don't have to live in layers to save money on heat. The U.S. Department of Energy explained that you can set your thermostat for 68 degrees when you're home, but dial it back at night and when you leave for work. A lot of digital control panels can be programmed to make this change automatically. If you turn your heat down to 55 or 60 degrees for eight hours a day, you can save up to 15 percent on your yearly heating bills.

Other money-saving tricks
There are several other easy methods of saving money on energy costs. On bright, sunny days, U.S. News & World Report recommended opening your curtains to let in the natural light. You'll be amazed at how quickly the sun will heat up your home. Once the sun goes down, close the curtains back up to seal in the warmth.

You can also use ceiling fans to your advantage. After you turn off the fans for the summer, wipe them down to remove any dust, then switch them to spin clockwise. Turning a ceiling fan on low will help to push warm air down into the room and increase circulation in your house.

Finally, use LED lights when you decorate for the holidays. These lights use 75 percent less energy than traditional holiday lights. Instead of just switching lights off, unplug each strand before you go to bed or leave the house. Even when the lights are off, they can use up power if they're still plugged in - the same goes for many of your appliances!

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.