Keeping energy costs low this winter

It may not feel cold outside yet, but cooler temperatures will be here before you know it. Homeowners can reduce some of the rising energy costs, by winterizing their homes and vehicles before the harsh weather hits us.  
“At least once a year, make sure your home is winterized”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “Taking care of basic maintenance on a regular basis can help homeowners safely prepare for winter and likely save a few dollars in the process.”
BBB advises consumers to check the following before temperatures drop:

Heater checkup and cleaning: Have a professional check the heater and ensure the thermostat and other parts are working properly.  A computerized thermostat can save energy and money by reducing the temperature at night or when you’re away from home. Consider insulating heating ducts: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that a centrally-heated home can lose as much as 60 percent of warmed air before it reaches vents if the ductwork is poorly connected, not insulated, or if it travels through unheated spaces.  

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