The official start of winter isn’t until December 21st but bitter cold temperatures are already settling in on Nebraska, as some areas of the state will only see highs today in the teens and 20s.
Energy efficiency expert Matt Lindstrom has some heating tips to help you save money.
“Lower your thermostat, use a programmable thermostat and keep it between about 65 and 70 while you’re home and 58 degrees while you’re away,” Lindstrom says. “Depending on how you set your thermostat, that can help save about 10% on your heating costs.”
Lindstrom also recommends opening the blinds during the day to take in the sun’s warmth and closing them at night to insulate against the cold air.
“Make sure to lower your water heater’s temperature,” he says. “The proper temperature is about 120 degrees. That can save 3 to 5% on your heating costs. Also, insulate it to maximize efficiency.”
Lindstrom also recommends changing the furnace filter once a month to reduce utility bills up to 15-percent and use ceiling fans on the “winter” setting to bring warmer air down.