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SNAP Offers Tips To Stay Warm & Lower Your Heating Bill

SNAP Offers Energy Assistance Tips During Cold Weather SNAP Offers Energy Assistance Tips During Cold Weather
SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the temperatures drop and heating bills become more expensive, SNAP is offering workshops with tips on how to stay warm while decreasing energy costs.

One of those tips is to cover windows with special plastic that can be purchased at any hardware store. The plastic is a cheap way to keep out the cold and could reduce heating costs by 10% to 25%. It is also a lot safer than other ways SNAP says people try to stay warm this time of year.

“Don't use your stove as a heater, that can be a last resort for people,” said SNAP Energy Conservation Coordinator Kim Kreber. “And then, making sure you insulate your pipes, so they don't freeze.”

In addition to wrapping your pipes, there are other ways to winter proof your home.

First, walk around and make sure nothing is blocking any of the heating vents. Next, if you have hardwood floors, putting down rugs or even blankets on the floor could keep some of the heat in.

SNAP also suggest pulling your furniture away from doors and windows. If you do notice a draft, sealing leaks in the ceiling, near windows, and doors can also make a huge difference. There may even be items already in your home you can use to block out the cold air and avoid a trip to the store.

“Even a tube sock that you can fill with beans or rice, sew that up and put it at the bottom of the door,” Kreber said.

According to SNAP you should not let the temperature in your home drop lower than 55 degrees to stay safe. If you have a space heater, they also recommend turning it off when you are not using it.

SNAP is offering workshops all winter long on how to save money on your heating bills. Contact them here for more information: http://www.snapwa.org/~snapwa/contact

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