As winter approaches, we need to think about things we should do to stay safe and warm at home, as well as save money on heating bills. Follow these tips:
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and lower when you’re asleep or away from home. According to the energy.gov website, you can save 5–15 percent a year on your heating bill by turning your thermostat back 10–15 degrees for eight hours. You also can save on heating bills by closing off rooms you are not using.
- Keep extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats available if the power goes out.
- Wear long johns under your clothes. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
- Do not use your stovetop or oven for heat. This is not safe. Besides posing a fire hazard, turning on stove burners or your oven to provide additional heat in your home can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Portable space heaters are a good choice as an additional heat source, but use them safely. Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off switch and non-glowing element. Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water and keep it at least three feet away from furniture and drapes. Likewise, never leave children or pets unattended near a space heater.