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SNAP's ways to save on your energy bill

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It's that time of year where people are turning up the heat but that could also burn up a bit more of your bank account.   The SNAP team is reminding folks about some minor tweaks you can make to your routine that could help you save quite a bit every month.

Unplugging appliances that are using vampire power, such as phone chargers with no phones or electronics not being used can make a big difference.   

Another way to save money is to cut back on hot water use by taking shorter showers and doing cleaning with cold water. 

"Cleaning, checking, and replacing furnace filters if you have a furnace," says Kim Kreber, SNAP Conservation Education Coordinator.  "If you have baseboard heat make sure that you clean and dry the baseboard coils it helps it to operate more efficiently."   

During the day when you're home keep the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees, but at night or when you're not home between 55 and 60 degrees. 

"Every degree that you can turn down your temperature will save you $5 per month on your energy bill," says Kreber.    

Donna Jamieson has benefited from SNAP's weatherization program.   She and husband Richard heated the house with a small gas stove because they couldn't afford to fill the oil tank.  They've been living in their home for fourteen years with not enough insulation. 

"It became pretty hard to keep it warm," says Jamieson 

SNAP's housing inspector, Michael Townsend said the team did a lot more to help the Jamiesons.   "We drilled holes, removed siding and then blew cellulose into the walls and we resealed those." 

The team also insulated the attic, basement and did weather striping.   "We do everything that we possibly can to make it comfortable for them," says Townsend.    

"I feel extremely blessed and very grateful because this is something we would not have been able to do for ourselves," says Jamieson.  "It's a terrific difference, we can tell already."

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