In South Louisiana when the temperature drops below 60 we start reaching for jackets. When the temperature gets into the 40's we begin to invest in parkas and long fur coats. By the time the temperature hits the freezing mark we have chopped up furniture to burn in the fireplace. We don't do cold very well along and south of I-10. That means a strong desire to stay warm and that usually means a huge power bill at the end of the month. Here are some simple ways you can keep your cash and stay toasty warm too.

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    Change Your Filter

    When is the last time you changed the filter in your heating unit? If you had to think for more than 10 seconds it's been too long. That dirty filter restricts the airflow. That means your unit works harder and less efficiently. That means you're spending more money on staying warm. Most filters are fairly cheap and they will pay for themselves in no time. Change your filter, it will also keep the dust to a minimum in your house too.

     

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    Block Those Drafts

    While the area around your doors and windows might seem air tight it only takes a little bit of space for cold air to creep in. You can find where you're allowing cold in and heat out by simply taking an incense stick and watching the trail of smoke. Hold the stick near the door or window and see where the drafts are coming in. You can use a towel as a quick fix but a more permanent solution will save you money in the long run.

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    Close The Fireplace Damper

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    Don't Block Your Vents

    You would think this common sense idea would be one we wouldn't have to mention but we do. Often times the sense of decor or home decoration takes major precedence over function. If you have vents that are along your baseboards or in your floor make sure they are not blocked by furniture, rugs or small animals. You want to make sure that the heat you are paying for is getting into your home.

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    Turn Down The Thermostat

    Experts suggest that you can save 3% on your power bill for every one degree you lower the thermostat. The obvious answer to a lower temperature in your home would be the wearing of sweaters or sweatshirts. It's a good idea to have slippers and house shoes. You can close off rooms that aren't used that often too.