Heating your home in the winter is just a basic necessity. There’s only so low (on the thermostat) you can go.

Fortunately, there are ways you can save on your heating bills without having to freeze this winter.

Here's how:

Plug the Leaks
What’s the use of paying for heat if you’re just going to let it escape? Even small cracks around windows and doors can cost you big. Luckily, fixing the problem is actually quite cheap. For an investment of less than $10, you can get door sweeps or weather stripping to seal your exterior doors. Window frames can be sealed with a tube of caulk for less than $5.

Get a Smart Thermostat
Don't heat your home when you don’t have to. With a programmable thermostat, you can lower the temperature in your home when you’re not there and when you’re asleep. These devices are usually less than $100. Of course, you can also just remember to turn your thermostat down when you leave and before bed, too. That’s free.

Optimize Your Water Heater
If you turn the temperature down on your water heater, it won’t need as much power to keep the water hot. You can also use a water heater blanket to keep the tank insulated, which saves power.

Check Your Attic Insulation
Heat rises, so you’ll lose a lot of heat through your roof if your attic isn’t properly insulated. Make sure there aren’t any obvious gaps in your attic insulation. A roll of insulation is usually less than $20.

Lower Your Thermostat Three Degrees
No matter where you like to set your thermostat, you can probably spare to lower it by three degrees. In general, you can save 3% on your heating bill for each degree you lower on your thermostat. It may not be toasty warm inside, but that’s what wool sweaters are for.

Check Your Furnace

An inefficient heating unit can raise your heating bills by as much as 10%. Make sure you change your air filter regularly (usually every three months). This is an inexpensive fix that will give you better air quality and lower heating bills.

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