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Saving Money on Energy Bills During the Winter Months

With colder temperatures expected in the upcoming months, heating your homes could increase your energy bill. For some, the winter means more money is needed to pay to keep home warm.
With colder temperatures expected in the upcoming months, heating your homes could increase your energy bill. For man, the winter means more money is needed to pay to keep home warm.       

"If you budget out that your bill is going to be 200 dollars a month, and you open a bill and its $350, that money has to come from somewhere," said Lisa Jenkins, who lives in an apartment in Joplin, Missouri. 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, households will spend 2% more in electric heat and 13% more in natural gas this winter. This is due to higher projected prices for household natural gas and electricity. That factor, plus the weather has Jenkins tightening her wallet.

"The utilities company is charging more than they have in the pass years. Also, it's colder out than it has been in the past years," said Jenkins.

To get homeowners prepared for the colder weather, Empire District Electric is providing their customers with energy saving tips. This effort is to help keep homeowners from breaking the bank paying to heat their homes.    

"Very simple things that customers can do is to make sure that they change their filter on there furnace regularly because that, they don't want to restrict the air flow in order for their heating unit to operate most efficiently, it needs to have a clean filter," said Julie Maus, Empire District Electric.

Another tip, before you go to bed, turn down your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees cooler.

"For every one degree you lower your thermostat, you can save 3% on your heating bill. So, that really makes a difference," said Maus.

Saving 3% or more on her energy bill will help Jenkins have a little extra spending money if it is needed.
 
"I mean, there's always something. Somebody needs football cleats, somebody needs something. Just knowing that I have that money if I can stay as close to my budget as possible, it definitely helps," said Jenkins.

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