19 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills While Hunkered Down

1. Program the thermostat

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Save up to 10% a year on heating costs by setting your thermostat 7 degrees to 10 degrees lower for eight hours a day, such as when you are away or asleep, says Energy.gov. Likewise, raise the temperature setting by as much as possible on hot days, to save on energy use from air conditioning.

Or just set and forget temperatures by using a programmable thermostat.

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