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By Dana Massing Erie Times-News staff blogger
I am a grandchild of the Great Depression and a survivor of more recent recessions. Through my grandparents and parents, I've learned to spend wisely and to save while still being able to live life well. I want to share my discoveries with you and hear yours.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: November 27th, 2012
Bundling brings lower heating costs

Yesterday I wrote about how bundling can save you money when shopping. Today I’ll share how bundling up can save you money at home.

Putting on warm socks, wearing a sweatshirt or adding a robe over your pajamas can allow you to stay toasty while lowering your thermostat. That can help lower your heating costs.

I keep a thick blanket on my couch and cover myself with it whenever I sit down to read or watch TV. The blanket keeps me warm, so I’m not tempted to turn the heat up and spend more money on natural gas.

I also sleep under several blankets so I can turn the heat down at night and have my thermostat set so the temperature in the house is lower when I’m at work than when I’m at home.

By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Learn more at http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermostats-and-control-systems?utm_source=eds&utm_medium=site&utm_campaign=Dec2012

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