Keeping your heating bill from going up as temperatures drop

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The first place many people go when preparing for the cold is their thermostat.

While heating experts recommend keeping it at 68 degrees, there is a lot more you can do to keep your heating bill from going up as the temperatures drop.

Heating and cooling contractors say most of the time they get calls for assistance it's because a furnace wasn't properly maintained.

Getting an expert to check your furnace typically costs between $60 and $100.

Changing the temperature of your water heater could also help you save. If you have one, set it to 120 degrees and check it occasionally for leaks.

Another way to keep the cold and everything else out is to get a caulk gun and seal up the exterior your home.

Energy officials estimate you'll save 20% on energy costs if you protect your home from the cold.

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