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By BECCA OWSLEY email@example.com Winter is just around the corner and with the rising cost of home heating this year, it is essential to winterize your home to save energy. Local electric companies have some advice to keep you warm and your heating bills low this winter. Nolin RECC's Energy Management Coordinator Todd Drake recommends putting plastic over single pane windows and making sure the attic is insulated. He also suggests making sure vents in the crawl space are closed and that the furnace is well maintained. The minimum a furnace should be serviced is every two years, but Drake recommends that it be done yearly. Drake also recommends changing disposable furnace filters every 30 days and keeping the thermostat around 68 to 72 degrees during the winter. Nolin offers a free energy audit to any Nolin RECC customer to give energy-saving suggestions that are tailored to the individual home. The cooperative also offers brochures and other information to help homeowners save on energy costs. Kentucky Utilities suggests turning the thermostat down to 62 to 65 degrees at night or when away from the house for long periods during the day. For every degree it is turned down, there can be a 3 to 5 percent savings can be found on the monthly bill. The site also suggests checking the caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows to keep cold air out and warm air in. Other suggestions are
Following these few simple steps should help save energy and money.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.