Preparing your home for cold weather

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You’ve heard it before and the experts say it can’t be stressed enough, the cold weather is creeping in and you want to make sure you, your family, and home are ready.

We’ve all experienced a drafty house and the sticker shock once the first utility bill rolls in for the season. To help remedy those issues, Mississippi Power Spokesperson Jeff Shepard says it starts at the thermostat. “So, during the winter months we recommend you set your thermostat to 68 degrees.  You have to understand, every degree you go above that you’re going to use more electricity. You’ll have more, higher usage, and more likely can see a higher bill.”

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Another useful tip is change your air filter every month and have your HVAC system serviced by a certified technician, but also: “Open up the curtains. The sun’s heat comes into your windows, that’s free heat right there for you so that will help you maybe not have to run your system as much.”

Shepard says for extra drafty windows and doors: “Caulking your doors and windows, you want to make sure that warm air is staying inside the house and it’s not literally going out the window. That’s like throwing money away and we certainly don’t want you to do that.”

Shepard goes on to say the most important thing to keep in mind is weather awareness. “Being prepared, paying attention to the weather that’s going on. Being weather wise, listening to your emergency officials, listen to the updates that you guys are giving out. A little bit of prevention ahead of time can solve some issues later on. So, just put that on your checklist of things you want to be sure that you’re doing.”

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