Smart ways to save on energy costs this winter

Cold house.Don't get stuck with impossible insulation or a failing furnace. Instead, use these savvy ways to save energy and freeze out the frost.

For every degree you set back your thermostat back, you'll save 3% on heating costs. Try these easy ideas:

Under doors Place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, decreasing drafts can reduce your energy use by 5 to 30 percent.

On the ceiling Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to push warm air downward.

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In the basement Clean your furnace filter once a month during the heating season for increased
airflow, and consider switching to a permanent filter, which traps around 88 percent of debris.

Online Free stuff? Sure! Some states offer energy-saver incentives, like free programmable thermostats and insulation upgrades. Visit the Database of State Incentivesfor Renewables and Efficiency ( for potential deals.

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In the garage Mount snow tires on a spare set of used wheels. With increased traction, you will have better stopping power.

Around the house Rearrange furniture to make sure heating vents aren't blocked.

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In the attic Make sure you have at least 12 inches of insulation lining your attic to keep heat from escaping through the roof.

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