Tips for staying warm and safe on a budget

Most people want to stay warm and keep their heating bill low throughout the winter months. Here are some tips on how to stay warm, safe, and on a budget.

People here in South Mississippi are not so familiar with these frigid temperatures. The drop in temperature is causing many people to want to crank up the heat. Mississippi Power Energy Efficiency Program Manager Salisha Favre said, “So during this time, we continue to recommend keeping your temperature at 68, take advantage of bundling up, using extra layers, and open up your blinds and drapes when the sun is out.”

A heating system uses about 60 to 70 percent of energy. Air leaks can cause your home to feel colder and let out heat that could keep you warm. “Take a moment to walk through your home and look for any air leaks in your windows and doors and if you see any cover them up.”

Heating equipment should be checked professionally before using to make sure it is working properly. Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said, “It’s a good idea to get your chimney cleaned professionally and periodically to make sure it is in good shape and that if you do have a fire it’s not going to set your house on fire.”

Chief Beyerstedt also reminds people to be smart about the alternative ways in trying to save money, but stay warm. “We heard people trying to heat part of their house with a stove. It’s much less efficient than using your furnace and it’s dangerous, too. So, we don’t recommend things like that.”

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