Life owning a home in this area can be a challenge in the winter time, between shoveling, snow-blowing and at times even raking the snow off your roof. But the big one is always trying to keep your home warm safely, and with as little expense as possible.

I grew up in the Midwest and have lived here my whole life , so I am well versed at how bitter cold it can get, but one thing I never worried about were heating costs until we bought our house. Ahhh yes the beauty of renting an apartment but, the reality is we need to make sure that we are doing what we can to save on heating costs now.

Some of these tips are obvious and we have all heard about before, but some at least to me were kind of a surprise, here are a few of my favorites:

1.) Run fans in reverse:

By doing so instead of cooling the room off, it will push the warm air back into circulation.

2.) Turn down the water heater:

The standard setting is 140 degrees, and if you turn down to 120 degrees you could lower your energy costs by 6-10 percent. I need to do this as ours is set way to high, I just need to figure out where the thermostat is on it. :)

3.) Seal the ducts:

Hold all that warm air inside where it belongs!

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