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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"You have a little crack at bottom right there," an Water, Gas and Light inspector notices.

A tiny hole at the bottom of your front door may not seem alarming but when it means heat from your home could be escaping, it also means you're loosing dollars.

"You take a feather and take it around your window and if there's any movement with the feather you probably need to re-glaze or re-caulk your windows," WG&L assistant manager Lori Farkas said. 

She feels checking around your home for problem areas is an important step to see savings on your utility bill. She says one of the top mistakes people make is not keeping up with maintenance needs.

"Clean your filters once a month," Farkas continues. "A lot of people don't clean them on a regular basis and so you're paying for energy that you're not getting the benefit of."

Another way to keep more green in your pocket is by installing a programmable thermostat. the user can customize settings for different parts of the day, allowing the home to use less energy on a regular schedule.

"The worst thing you an do is come home and raise it up to 80 and turn it back down, it really needs to stay consistent,"Farkas said.

The U.S. Department of Energy says with proper insulation and air sealing methods you can save up to 30 percent on your heating costs, leaving you with a smaller bill.

The national average that is recommended to set your heater is 68 but with every piece of clothing you have it raises your body temperature to around 72 degrees, a comfortable temperature indoors.

It's also vital to replace weather strips, plug gaps in exterior walls and insulate the entrance to attic doors. If you have a fireplace that will not be in use, you can insert a chimney balloon to block heat from escaping.

 

 

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