JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With temperatures expected to fall into the 30s this weekend, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge offers some ways to beat the high cost of keeping warm this winter.
"Home heating costs can add up quickly for Arkansans during the colder months," said Rutledge. "It is important that Arkansans educate themselves about ways to stay warm and save money this winter."
She suggested the following tips to help keep energy costs lower:
- Keep curtains open during the day for natural heat and close them at night to retain the heat.
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when no one is home.
- Seal cracks or holes around the home by weather stripping doors and windows and adding insulation to walls, the attic and crawlspace to prevent it from losing heat.
- Set ceiling fans to spin clockwise to recirculate rising hot air.
- Make sure baseboard heaters, air vents and radiators are not obstructed.
- Service the heating system at least once a year to ensure it is operating properly.
- Consider wrapping the water heater in a water heater jacket or blanket and turning down the temperature to the warm setting to save money.
- Close the vents and doors to rooms that not being used.
- Keep air filters clean and replace regularly.
Rutledge also urged consumers to use caution with space heaters and to keep them away from flammable materials.
She also warned Arkansans to beware of products that claim to drastically lower heating costs and avoid unsolicited high-pressure sales calls or visits from contractors offering furnaces, windows and other home improvement projects. If it sounds too good to be true, she said, then it probably is.
For more tips and resources, visit EnergyEfficiencyArkansas.org, a partnership between Arkansas utility companies and the Arkansas Energy Office.
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