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KHQ BLOG: We're always looking for ways to save you and your family money. For most of you this time of the year hits your pocketbook hard. Tis the season for gifts, stuffing, turkey and your electric bill! We wanted to know how you keep your home warm during the winter....And as you'll read below...we had some really practical responses....Thank you for all of your fantastic ideas!

FACEBOOK RESPONSES:

Adam Clark: dont turn the heat on

Nina Rochioli Lee: You keep your bill down by putting on more layer's!! Old School!

Sandi Block: That would be great too see....i broke down turned my heat on lastnight first time.... uuuuck now here comes the huge Avista bills.

Rory Dee C: BUY SNUGGIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY LOL

Wil Henderson: Ultra high efficiency Monitor oil furnace . Avg a gallon of diesel a day for home through the winter ( sometimes less )
Probably go ground source heating with solar powered heat pump some time in the future .

Bobbie Ajax: Lock my windows to form a tight seal. Close my blinds and tilt them so form a seal against windows. Close my bedroom door to have a cool place to sleep. Start a fire in my energy efficient fireplace when the room gets to around 63 degrees. Turn ceiling fan on low to circulate the warm air throughout my condo.

Bobbie Ajax: Turn my heat down to 50 degrees when I will be gone for several days. My average electric bill is $30 each month during winter months. Get a fire ready so when I return, I light it and within 30 mins. it's warm again. Keep my door closed on the fireplace

Kathy Achee See: My little home was 51 degrees when I got up this morning, brrrrrr!

Traci Bisson Thomas: Space heaters! Especially if you only need to heat up one room, why heat your entire house! My kids have one in their room, and I have one in mine that gets moved to the living room if we are all out there- not much change in my bill year round now!

Michael Kaufman: Woodstove! We have a Blazeking stove and love this time of year when our power actually goes DOWN!

Wendy Nuesca Arwine: Blocking drafts; wearing socks (sometimes shoes), and warmer clothes in doors; snuggling under a blanket while watching tv instead of automatically turning up the heat; actually doing something instead of being a couch potato warms up the body... too many things to list...

Jim Dashiell: You don't. I turn the heat down and dress warmer.

Kelly Dodson Matthews: electric baseboard heat (only turned on in the rooms we're using), bedrooms have programable thermostats, and main area has wood burning stove. And best part is Modern Electric provides our low-cost electric (not Avista!) Last month's bill = $60

Janet Sarbacher: blankets blankets blankets!

Hilary Sheffler Howard: In floor heating warmed by a wood fed boiler system.

Rachael Macklin: U don't!!! they charge to much.

Greg Gulliford: ‎3 cord of firewood!

Sue Hodges: Socks on feet and if you have to - hat on head. You may be a geek but a warm one

Michelle Rhodes: Big blankets, and snuggly husbands.

Kelly Watson: ‎"Budget payment plan" = equal monthly payments all year long

Leslie LoCicero Webster: We moved into these brand new duplexes 2 years ago and they are so well insulated that at times it's to warm and I have to open the window. For instance we have not run the heat and it is 73 degrees. Our Avista bill is $24 and Vera is $48...... During the coldest months Avista is $50 and Vera is $25... Not bad for $75 a month..

Wayne Murphy: I keep the themostat below 60 and pray Avista doesn't decide to come up with some other reason to raise the bill for there profit and pocket books

Lisa Oedewaldt: If you have advice for a house (in Libby, MT)with 10% insulation, unfinished basement, drafty doors, obvious gaps in framing (becuz weed grew on the INSIDE of the house) and baseboard heat only - let me know • My electric bills (in the winter) have been from $300-$750 • Landlord lives in CA and does nothin to the house!!!

Megan Leonard: Buy a snuggie!

Lisa Monk: Gel fuel fireplace. Love it!Traci Bisson Thomas Lisa, my advice would be to first turn him in, consult a landlord tenant law activist, determine what legally he needs to fix and if he doesn't you can deduct rent for fixing those problems... If that doesn't work- move:)

Traci Bisson Thomas: Lisa, my advice would be to first turn him in, consult a landlord tenant law activist, determine what legally he needs to fix and if he doesn't you can deduct rent for fixing those problems... If that doesn't work- move:)

Kim Thompson: ‎@ lisa i would find a lawyer i had a landlord like that and i ended up taking him to court . just a thought.

Chelsey Kinsey-Fanara: wood stove, good windows, keep temp at 69.

Kelly Watson: ‎@ Lisa - I agree with the others, look into landlord tenant laws and turn him in. Do you have kids or elderly living with you?? Not that it should matter, because everyone has a right to be comfortable and that is not healthy, but you could turn him in for child or elderly endangerment too.

Scott Norden Blankets and Jagermeister!!!

Tina Marie: No furnace in our house - just 2 Oil filled plug in heaters in a 114 year old 2BR house.... that and blocking drafts, a pair of socks, flannel sheets and sometimes flannel nightgowns and an extra blanket if needed. We heat the rooms we are using... for the most part we leave the bedroom doors closed during the day and open them an hour or two before bedtime to warm up the rooms. We also only leave one heater on during the night and the other during the day to give them a 12 hour rest each.

Vicky Walter: Thick blankets over the doors, so we're only heating certain rooms. Warmer clothes, using blankets when we're just hanging out, turning the heat down when we're gone and when we go to bed, space heaters.

Gail Hernandez: Wow you people know how to save a buck... but I would feel a little strange when compony comes and there are blankets hanging over every window and door and me handing them one as I welcome them in:) But to save a buck I'll try it ....Stay warm and blessed this winter!

Kara Lowe: it's easy when your heater tries to burn your house down you just don't buy a new one, lol. Really can't wait to get it up and running again it's cold out there!! @ Tina Marie, I feel your pain, that is the exact same thing we are doing!!!

Ann Marie Bennett: I live in a 3rd floor apartment :) Heat rises. I just turned the heat on yesterday, but keeping it at 60 for now. Socks, sweats, sweatshirt and footed pjs for the kids. Living on the 3rd floor, you save on heat and lose a few un-wanted pounds :)

Kathie Henry Getz: wood

Denise Durflinger: I am married to an HVAC installer!!!

Steph Belnap: Snuggle up under the heavy warm quilts w/my hubby. And sip on hot cocoa.

Lora Wyche: Just covered the windows and air conditioners with plastic, no more drafts and you can see out like it's glass. Cuts the noise down also. Woodstove burns north Idaho energy logs, and then snuggle up with my baby:)

Jenny Ruchert Boerding: a sweater, slippers on with socks, and umm, lots of beans...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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