With the colder temperatures expected over the next several days, use these tips to help stay warm and save money on your electricity bill in the process:
Consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set the temperature of your home based on times when you will be home. You can set the thermostat to keep the house at a certain temperature and then it will automatically adjust the temperature based on your programmed settings.
Keep it set. Unless you are using a programmable thermostat, keep your thermostat set at 68° F, or lower. This will help ease the burden on your heating unit and save you money in the long run.
Layer up. Wear several layers of lightweight clothing to help stay warm. This will help prevent loss of your body heat.
Remember the 3 feet rule. If you are using a space heater, make sure you plug it directly into the wall outlet and keep it at least 3 feet from flammable objects. Make sure it is equipped with an automatic shutoff in case the unit tips over.
Protect your pipes. For unoccupied homes, run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
Seal your home. A low cost option to help keep warm air in your home is caulk. Use caulk around areas that may be leaking cold air from the outside into your home, this will help prevent heat loss.