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3 ways to keep home heating costs lower

As temperatures drop, these simple solutions can help your home stay warm.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Temperatures are getting lower, but the cost to keep a home warm isn't. 

In fact, according to the latest numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, energy services increased more than 15% from October 2021 to October 2022.

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Here are three ways to cut utility costs this fall:

Seal leaks

Check windows, doors, around appliances, in the attic, and in the basement for any spots that might be letting in cold air. For an affordable fix, experts suggest fixing leaks with spray foam, weathering strips or caulking from your local home improvement store.

Use the heat already in your home

Check the vents in your home to make sure all of them are fully open and pay special attention to furniture placement. Furniture placed on top of or in front of a vent will block airflow.

Keep that heat from escaping

Maximize insulation by using curtains or shades as an extra barrier layer to keep heat inside your home. You can also line the inside of your windows with bubble wrap or aluminum foil. It might not be the nicest to look at, but it can help to keep your home feeling warm without any added costs.

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