100 Days of Saving on Christmas: Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or Down

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Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or DownReady for more Christmas Savings?

Most people waste far more money than they know by having the thermostat up too high or down too low. We’ve gotten so used to being able to have our exact preferred temperature that we think we need our home at the perfect temperature.

However, turning your thermostat down a little bit in the cold winter months can save you big bucks. Turning the air conditioner down a few notches in the summer can also add up to lots of money. To do this, try to knock your thermostat down a degree or two to see how your family adjusts. Don’t be afraid to put on a sweatshirt or lay an extra blanket on the bed to make it easier!

Your electric and heating provider may also have ways to help you reduce your heating and cooling bills. For instance, most places allow you to partake in “budget billing.” They take your bills for the last 12 months, average them out, and charge you that much every month for the next 12 months.

This means that you won’t suddenly have skyrocketing bills in November when temperatures start dropping. You can also use a programmable thermostat, which makes it easier to set the thermostat to warm the house when you’re there and cool it slightly when you’re gone. Call your utilities provider and see what money-saving services they offer!

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