Easy ways to cut heating costs

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED January 7, 2013-- 6:15 p.m.

"You just want to hunker in and stay at home."

It's all said in their name. Mike and Jackie Shivers have had the shivers in this bitter cold

Today at Ace Hardware, there were trying to find a way to heat the home they've lived in since 1962

"One room is pretty cold, so we're getting a small space heater," said Jackie Shivers. "The heating bill has gone up now. The next one, I don't even want to see it."

"This is going to be a big one," said Mike Shivers.

But while their heating bills been racked up like many of ours, the Shivers have taken a few steps to stay warm.

"We put on new windows," said Jackie, "We have a beam ceiling in the living room so we have a fan that turns the heat the other way

"It's going to take more energy to heat your home when it's this cold," said Anne Marie Newman with Alliant Energy.

Newman said air leakage is the biggest problem.

"Anything you can do to cut down in the draftiness is going to cut down on your heat loss," said Newman.

Ace Hardware's biggest seller are window insulator kits.

"You put tape around the window and lay the plastic over and ti shrinks down that helps a lot for old leaky windows," said Ace Hardware's Tom Shepherd.

He also suggests using rope calk and liners underneath your doors.

"The little bit they cost, and I think you'll definitely get payback," said Shepherd.

Turn down your thermostat when you're not home or while you're sleeping. Each degree saves about 1% on your bill.

No matter how much money you want to save never shut off your heat completely. That could lead to frozen pipes.

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