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Ways to Save: Heating bill tips for changing temperatures in Central Georgia

According to the federal Winter Fuel Report, natural gas home owners will probably spend more this winter than last.

MACON, Ga. — With inflation rates soaring, we know everyone is looking to keep expenses low. According to the Federal Winter Fuels outlook report, natural gas owners will probably spend more this winter than last. We want to give you some tips on ways you save on your heating bill.

1. Weatherstrip your doors and windows. 

Blocking the wind coming through the window can be an easy way to stop turning up the thermostat. Sealing up doors and windows with weather strips can protect you from the cold.

2. Use natural sunlight.

Let the nice warm sun in during the day so you don't have to turn up the thermostat.

3. Close the drapes at night to prevent drafts.

4. Watch your thermostat.

When you're at home and awake, set the temperature as low as you're comfortable. When you're asleep, turn it down even more. That could save as much as 10 percent on your bill.

5. Maintain your heating system. 

Schedule regular maintenance checks on your filters and furnaces. 

6. Check your fireplace.

If you're not using your fireplace, close the damper. Keep the wind from coming into your home.

Currently, places like the Economic Opportunity Council and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs can be a resource if you need help paying your heating bill. Monique Andrews with Georgia Public Service Commission says there is money to give out.

"It's a winter month, so we are starting to give out winter money. Salvation Army is assisting us. We have the heating program, we also have a senior discount, so if there's a senior out there, we really advise in the call and get the assistance that we have," Andrews said. 

All these tips come from the U.S. Department of Energy website.

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