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So you’ve filled in the gaps and cracks around the home to block the winter drafts, and you’ve improved the attic and crawlspace insulation as best you can; but the winter utility bills are still putting you in a bind? Well, you’ve improved your home and made it more energy efficient, but you may still have to improve your behavior.

One thing you can do is lower the thermostat a few degrees and put on a few more clothes. You’d be amazed at how much you can drive your energy bills down by doing these simple things.

While you’re at it, lower the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. The water heater is the number number three household energy user, so doing this can make a big difference. Then, put the family on a time limit on showers. A hot shower is great on a cold morning, but the longer it lasts, the higher the bills will go.