Tips to Help Lower Your Utility Bills During the Cold Winter

By Chris Eidson

Published 02/03 2014 09:30PM

Updated 02/03 2014 10:12PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The winter has been tough on our wallets.

People across the Ozarks have seen utility bills spike.

"As far as the past month, my bill went up 75 bucks," City Utilities Customer Adrian Bailey said.

With the falling temps, utility bills are on the rise.

"We're experiencing some weather conditions, we haven't seen a pattern like this in several years so we are seeing the bills go up," CU Spokesperson Joel Alexander said.

Those heaters are working hard to keep our homes nice and warm.

"It's always on, turns on a lot more," Bailey said.

There are ways to help keep that heat in and the cold out.

"A little insulation and the proper amount of insulation can really help our customers in times like this," Alexander said.

Phil Long at Home Depot agrees that you can start by looking up.

"Adding insulation will reduce the amount of heat loss through your ceiling and roof," he said.

Then, it's time to check for cold air coming through windows and door frames.

"We have the peel and stick tape you can put between the door and the jamb," Long said, "For renters, homeowners, this little kit right here would run you five dollars or less."

Replacing the door jamb is another option, it costs less than ten dollars, but could pay off big when it comes time to pay your utility bill.

"You can grab a hold of these, and pull them straight out, cut the new one to the right height push it back in your door should seal tight," Long said.

Programmable thermostats can cut down on wasted energy during the day and CU will even help you buy one.

"We have a rebate for a programmable thermostat. Sometimes it pays for the entire thermostat depending on the model you get," Alexander said.

But the bottom line is that lowering the temperature in your home is the best way to lower your bill.

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, OACAC, offers help for those who are struggling to pay their utility bills.

They've already served 2000 more people this year than last year.

If you need help call 417-864-3460.

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