Help keeping home heating costs down

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – You might notice that chill in the air tonight and you know what that means…the leaves are changing and winter will be here before we know it.

So even if you haven’t turned on your furnace yet, you will be soon and the experts say heating your home is easier than you might think.

The brisk, autumn weather is in the air and many people have already turned up their thermostats.

But the question is what do people need to do to keep the heat in their homes?

“Really it’s very simple, keep your vents clear, run ceiling fans if you need to push the hot air down, watch out for those gaps and make sure your furnace is working well,” said Consumers Energy Spokesperson Brian Wheeler.

This time of year, it’s especially important to prep your furnace and Wheeler says by getting it inspected now, you’ll save money later.

“You want your furnace to be working well because the less work it has to do, the less money you’re going to have to spend to heat your home,” Wheeler stated.

He says changing the filter in your furnace is also something home-owners should regularly.

“Get it changed once every other month,” Wheeler insists.

Often times when homes have a cold draft, he says it’s because of a common mistake.

“If you have an 8th of an inch gap around a door, the front door of your house so that’s a very small gap but that would be the equivalent if you have a softball size hole right in the middle of your door. Now if you have a softball sized hole in your door you would do something but often times we don’t think about those little tiny gaps that let a lot of cold air in,” said Wheeler.

Keeping these pointers in mind, the city of Lansing also urges home-owners to take the necessary precautions before the brutal temperatures settle in.

“There are agencies around and you can call 211 to get a list of those to make sure that you have adequate utilities to provide for your safety and well-being,” said Joan Jackson Johnson, Director of Human Relations and Community Services for the city of Lansing.

Because before you know it, it will be winter.

By implementing the simple steps you just heard, Wheeler says you can save nearly 10, 15 or even 20 percent on your energy bill this fall.

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